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Discourse Functions of Zero Pronouns in Tai Dam

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Item Summary Dolphen, Itsarate 2017-03-24T19:06:24Z 2017-03-24T19:06:24Z 2017-06-01
dc.identifier.issn 1836-6821
dc.description.abstract The aim of this study is to explore the zero pronouns in Tai Dam on the basis of a discourse approach using Systemic Functional Grammar (SFG). The objectives of this paper are as follows: (1) to explore the syntactic distribution of zero pronouns in Tai Dam, and (2) to analyze the discourse function of zero pronouns in the narrative discourses of Tai Dam. The research data used in this paper were collected from the texts of Tai Dam folktales of the people living in Petchaburi Province in central Thailand. Five folktales were analyzed for the study. The main findings include the following: (a) Zero pronouns can occur in both Theme and Rheme positions; (b) In thematic positions, they function as unmarked topical themes; (c) As for discourse functions of zero pronouns in terms of co-references, the two types of co-reference of zero pronouns in Tai Dam include zero anaphora and zero cataphora; (d) The main discourse functions of zero pronouns are to signal an active referent in narrative discourse and to highlight a participant through emphasis.
dc.format.extent 10 pages
dc.subject Discourse functions
dc.subject zero Pronouns
dc.subject Tai Dam
dc.subject narrative discourse
dc.title Discourse Functions of Zero Pronouns in Tai Dam
dc.type Article
dc.type.dcmi Text
dc.subject.languagecode blt
prism.publicationname Journal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society
prism.volume 10
prism.number 1
prism.startingpage 104
prism.endingpage 113
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