Passive constructions in English and Chinese: a corpus-based contrastive study

T. McEnery, R. Xiao

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Abstract

This article combines the corpus-based and contrastive approaches, seeking to provide a systematic account of passive constructions in two typologically distinct languages, namely British English and Mandarin Chinese. We will first explore, on the basis of written and spoken corpus data, a range of characteristics of passives in the two languages including various passive constructions, long vs. short passives, semantic, pragmatic and syntactic features as well as genre variations. On the basis of this exploration, passive constructions in the two languages are contrasted in a structured way. Methodologically, this study demonstrates that comparable monolingual corpora can be exploited fruitfully in contrastive linguistics.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2005
EventCorpus Linguistics 2005 - University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
Duration: 14 Jul 200517 Jul 2005

Conference

ConferenceCorpus Linguistics 2005
CountryUnited Kingdom
Period14/07/0517/07/05

Fingerprint

Corpus-based
Language
Contrastive Study
Mandarin Chinese
Contrastive Linguistics
British English
Corpus Data
Syntactic Features
Contrastive
Spoken Corpora

Cite this

McEnery, T., & Xiao, R. (2005). Passive constructions in English and Chinese: a corpus-based contrastive study. Paper presented at Corpus Linguistics 2005, United Kingdom.
McEnery, T. ; Xiao, R. / Passive constructions in English and Chinese: a corpus-based contrastive study. Paper presented at Corpus Linguistics 2005, United Kingdom.
@conference{2b67ab75d4444b11a9c5d80338bb0ad3,
title = "Passive constructions in English and Chinese: a corpus-based contrastive study",
abstract = "This article combines the corpus-based and contrastive approaches, seeking to provide a systematic account of passive constructions in two typologically distinct languages, namely British English and Mandarin Chinese. We will first explore, on the basis of written and spoken corpus data, a range of characteristics of passives in the two languages including various passive constructions, long vs. short passives, semantic, pragmatic and syntactic features as well as genre variations. On the basis of this exploration, passive constructions in the two languages are contrasted in a structured way. Methodologically, this study demonstrates that comparable monolingual corpora can be exploited fruitfully in contrastive linguistics.",
author = "T. McEnery and R. Xiao",
year = "2005",
language = "English",
note = "Corpus Linguistics 2005 ; Conference date: 14-07-2005 Through 17-07-2005",

}

McEnery, T & Xiao, R 2005, 'Passive constructions in English and Chinese: a corpus-based contrastive study' Paper presented at Corpus Linguistics 2005, United Kingdom, 14/07/05 - 17/07/05, .

Passive constructions in English and Chinese: a corpus-based contrastive study. / McEnery, T.; Xiao, R.

2005. Paper presented at Corpus Linguistics 2005, United Kingdom.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

TY - CONF

T1 - Passive constructions in English and Chinese: a corpus-based contrastive study

AU - McEnery, T.

AU - Xiao, R.

PY - 2005

Y1 - 2005

N2 - This article combines the corpus-based and contrastive approaches, seeking to provide a systematic account of passive constructions in two typologically distinct languages, namely British English and Mandarin Chinese. We will first explore, on the basis of written and spoken corpus data, a range of characteristics of passives in the two languages including various passive constructions, long vs. short passives, semantic, pragmatic and syntactic features as well as genre variations. On the basis of this exploration, passive constructions in the two languages are contrasted in a structured way. Methodologically, this study demonstrates that comparable monolingual corpora can be exploited fruitfully in contrastive linguistics.

AB - This article combines the corpus-based and contrastive approaches, seeking to provide a systematic account of passive constructions in two typologically distinct languages, namely British English and Mandarin Chinese. We will first explore, on the basis of written and spoken corpus data, a range of characteristics of passives in the two languages including various passive constructions, long vs. short passives, semantic, pragmatic and syntactic features as well as genre variations. On the basis of this exploration, passive constructions in the two languages are contrasted in a structured way. Methodologically, this study demonstrates that comparable monolingual corpora can be exploited fruitfully in contrastive linguistics.

M3 - Paper

ER -

McEnery T, Xiao R. Passive constructions in English and Chinese: a corpus-based contrastive study. 2005. Paper presented at Corpus Linguistics 2005, United Kingdom.