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Semantics and Usages of the Modal Adverb “Qishi” and Its Application in International Chinese Language Education
Peking University, China
Using semantic background analysis and semantic structure analysis, this paper analyzes the core semantic meaning of the word“Qishi”其实, from the external context of words and the semantic elements and relations within words, which is“revealing and clarifying the truth”. Combined with the corpus, it is observed that the usage of“Qishi”其实 has been subjectivized from the core semantics to“correct” and“supplement” , and other discourse and textual functions of trend discourse markers are also developed. There is a correlation between the various usages of“Qishi”其实 and its core semantics. Finally, taking“Qishi”其实 as an example, some teaching suggestions are given for a class of modal adverbs with subjective meaning in international Chinese education and teaching.
Modal adverbs, Qishi 其实 , semantic background, semantic structure