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Subject/Keyword
morphological classification
Chinese Internet homophones
cohesion
mirco-blogging/Weibo
phonetic features
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Tang, Qian
Supervisor and department
Li, Xiaoting (East Asian Studies)
Examining committee member and department
Newman, John (Linguistics)
Ono, Yoshi (East Asian Studies)
Department
Department of East Asian Studies
Specialization

Date accepted
2014-09-29T09:59:00Z
Graduation date
2014-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
This thesis explores the phonetic features, morphological classification, and discourse function of Chinese Internet homophones based on the Leiden Weibo Corpus (a corpus of Chinese micro-blogging). The analyses show that more than half of the Chinese Internet homophones in the data retain the same pronunciation as their base words, while the rest differ in initials, finals, or tones. Based on their morphological structure, Chinese Internet homophones are categorized into Chinese character homophones, alphabet homophones, numeric letter homophones, and blending homophones. An examination of the data shows that Chinese character homophones and alphabet homophones are used much more frequently than numeric letter homophones and blending homophones. This study also explores the discourse function of Chinese Internet homophones from the perspective of systemic functional grammar. Chinese Internet homophones are used to achieve grammatical cohesion (conjunction, reference, ellipsis, and substitution) and lexical cohesion (repetition, synonymy/antonymy, hyponymy/meronymy, and collocation) in micro-blogging. Finally, the motivations for the use of Chinese Internet homophones are discussed. This study contributes to our understanding of the dynamic development and functions of homophonic puns in Chinese Internet language.
Language
English
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doi:10.7939/R30T1H
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