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dc.contributor.advisor Tyler, Stephen A.
dc.creatorBruff, Gary W.
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-04T00:35:44Z
dc.date.available 2009-06-04T00:35:44Z
dc.date.issued 1996
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/14085
dc.description.abstract Grammar can be described from a positioned rather than a universal perspective. My main point in this thesis is absolutely synthetic: the rhetorical calibrations of trope and figure unify the communication of speaker and hearer in the same way that two languages can be understood to vary. In dialogue, subtle expressions are developed (energeia) which impact on the referential and non-referential systems of a language (ergon). However, as these innovations lose their efficacy, they sediment into a grammaticalized system which appears, through translation--i.e., from an "overly-literal" glossing into English, no doubt--to be a creative and artistic product rather than an epiphenomenon of a structural template. My contention is that this appearance, stemming as it does from an aesthetic stance, is at least as real as any formal unity holding among all languages simultaneously. Finally, I gloss Mandarin in English to demonstrate how languages can be compared bi-laterally.
dc.format.extent 104 p.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.subjectLanguage
Rhetoric
Composition
Cultural anthropology
Linguistics
dc.title Rhetoric and grammar (English, Mandarin Chinese)
dc.type.genre Thesis
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thesis.degree.department Anthropology
thesis.degree.discipline Social Sciences
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts
dc.identifier.citation Bruff, Gary W.. "Rhetoric and grammar (English, Mandarin Chinese)." (1996) Master’s Thesis, Rice University. https://hdl.handle.net/1911/14085.


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