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Unformatted text preview: Chinese vs. English topic-prominent subject-prominent Topic : a. what the sentence is about. b. usually put first in the sentence c. can be set off from the rest of the sentence by a pause (or comma). d. is usually definite. C C ,    I have already sold those paintings to him. I like both oranges and apples. I’ve heard about this already. o o o o o o Have you bought today’s newspaper? o o t 5 You cannot dance here. o o o o Spring in Beijing is from March to May. I’m a layman in computer. o o o o I have used the pen twice. o o o o He knows the place well. o o 3h 5 She is good-hearted. (a nice person) o o o o o One of those two people is named Zhang, the other Li. CC C CCCC CC New clothes, but old friends, are good. Ø The Topic Chain That car is too expensive. The color is not good either. I don’t like it and I don’t want to buy it. Yesterday, I went there and looked at it. I even drove it for a while. But I still didn’t like it, and I didn’t buy it. C i C , . , C . B C . , . B , . , C C i C , Ø i . , C j C Ø i C Ø j C Ø i . Ø j . B Ø i , Ø j . B Ø i , Ø j . Ø i C Ø j C Ø i C I opened the fridge, poured a glass of milk and made a sandwich. CCC Ø CC C She looks a lot like her mother when she smiles....
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This note was uploaded on 02/10/2010 for the course CHIN 462 taught by Professor Li during the Spring '10 term at University of North Carolina Wilmington.

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