An analysis of Mandarin Chinese final particle ba in dispreferred responses

  • Jun Xu Colorado State University
Keywords: Chinese, sentence final particle, ba, dispreferred response

Abstract

In Mandarin Chinese conversation, the final particle ba is considered to performvariousfunctions. Using conversation analysis, this article examines the use of thefinal particle ba in dispreferred responses. It is argued that the particle ba is usedto mitigate negative valence with delays, alternative choices, accounts, and pro-formaagreement as well as other linguistic features in disagreements and decliningsuggestions or invitations. Also, the results reveal a close relationship between theparticle ba functioning as a mitigator or displaying a speaker's uncertainty in socialactions as well as sequential positions.

Author Biography

Jun Xu, Colorado State University

Assistant Professor of Chinese & Japanese Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Colorado State University

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Published
2019-11-12
How to Cite
Xu, J. (2019). An analysis of Mandarin Chinese final particle ba in dispreferred responses. East Asian Pragmatics, 4(2), 239-261. https://doi.org/10.1558/eap.38007
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