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Output: No. 404, Issue II, April 2017/April/2017
Title of article: 16. EXPRESSING VOLITIVES IN TERMS OF SYNTACTIC AND SEMANTIC FEATURES IN ENGLISH AND VIETNAMESE
Summary: Abstract: In this article, the authors have attempted to carry out a contrastive analysis of expressing volitives in terms of syntactic and semantic features in English and Vietnamese. The main findings of paper show that English and Vietnamese volitive expressing means share the same meaning in the usage of optatives with “hope” and “wish” though Vietnamese speakers are very polyfunctional in the usage of the words mong/cầu/ước/chúc to express a hope or a wish. However, English speakers use modal auxiliary “may not” or adverb “perhaps” to express imprecative sense, Vietnamese speakers use conditional sentences “nếu…thì” to express imprecatives. This is a significant difference in the usage of means of expressing volitives in English and Vietnamese.
Keywords: Modal language, expression, English, Vietnamese.
Author: Bùi Thị Đào - Trần Thị Dạ Thảo - Trịnh Minh Thi - Võ Thị Ngọc Hiền
Key: Vietnamese, Modal language, expression, English
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