Discourse Anaphora in Mandarin MSN Talks: Some Unusual Cases
National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan
The present paper is aimed at analyzing discourse anaphora in MSN, a type of instant messaging (IM)
chatting software. Based on Huang’s (2000) pragmatic approach and Chan’s (2000) social approach to
anaphoric distribution, the author collected many unusual cases in MSN talks and seeks to categorize them
based on three causes—pragmatic factors, social factors, and MSN factors. Having pointed out the
relationship between the MSN category and the distinct features of MSN, the author concludes that the
pragmatic approach and the social approach also work in MSN talks, and that human beings can adjust
themselves to the new medium of communication based on traditional face-to-face communication. That is,
beginning of a new episode and accidental co-occurrences of full lexical NPs, two MSN factors, also account
for some cases where full lexical NPs occur.
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