新加坡式华语语气词“Hor”的日常语用功能 = A study on the pragmatics of Singapore colloquial Mandarin particle “Hor”
Kiew, Zhen Yi
Date of Issue2016-03-08
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
The SCM Particle, hor is the the focus of this research, which examines how Singapore Chinese uses hor in day to day conversations to achieve various conversational goals. Through an analysis of naturally occurring conversational data, using the Conversation Analysis (CA) method, we seek to explore the use of hor in the Singapore Colloquial Mandarin community, to find out how it affected the interaction between users who utilises “hor” in their conversations, to achieve various conversational goals. Previous analysis on hor had mainly focus upon its use in Singapore Colloquial English (SCE) and thus this research focuses on the use of hor in the Singapore Colloquial Mandarin (SCM), by analysing talks between SCM users. As research on hor in SCM is rather limited, much of our discussion on the function of hor is based on previous researches on the SCE particle hor, as the SCE particle hor is known to have likely the same origins as the SCM hor, thus providing our research with a basis in terms of the pragmatic use of hor in the SCM context, which mostly uses SCE in their daily lives as well. Through this research, it has been discovered that hor could affect the way social interactions are carried out, such as its function in encouraging discussion and talk. In addition, hor is shown to have the effect of a signal to other participants of a talk, when the need for a topic change arises. This study shows how hor can be utilise in various scenarios, to achieve different conversational objectives as shown in the research, by participants in a conversation.
Final Year Project (FYP)
Nanyang Technological University