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Open Access Between Exclamatives and Interrogatives in Li Jing Ji

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Between Exclamatives and Interrogatives in Li Jing Ji

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This paper explores the similarities and differences between exclamatives and interrogatives in terms of scalar modal. In this modal, they both denote a set of propositions which are organized into a scale according to at least one parameter. But in exclamatives the speaker profiles a proposition which is located towards an extreme end of the scale while in interrogatives the speaker asks the hearer to pick out a proposition from a presupposed set of propositions. The conceptual metaphor “Thinking Is Moving In The Ideascape” is used to provide a cognitive evidence for our approach. Finally, a preliminary study of two types of exclamatives which are marked with wh-words 乜 mih8 or deictic terms 拙 chua3, 障 chionn3, 向 hionn3 in Li Jing Ji is given.


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