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14 - Alerts!

from Part II - Essential Signs

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  29 February 2024

Zheng-sheng Zhang
Affiliation:
San Diego State University
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The signs in this chapter range from the strongest warnings to gentler reminders. 禁(止) ‘forbid’ and 严禁 ‘strictly forbid’ are used for the strongest warning possible. 请勿 ‘please don’t’ may be a tad less strong than 禁止. There are also other verbs of warning such as莫 ‘don’t’, 不得 ‘must not’, and 不可 ‘may not’. The most common reminders include verbs 当心 ‘beware of’, 小心 ‘be careful about’ and so on. To convey a sense of seriousness, the language of warnings and reminders tends to be formal, replete with classical Chinese elements.

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Chinese Signs
An Introduction to China's Linguistic Landscape
, pp. 128 - 137
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2024

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  • Alerts!
  • Zheng-sheng Zhang, San Diego State University
  • Book: Chinese Signs
  • Online publication: 29 February 2024
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108979603.016
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  • Zheng-sheng Zhang, San Diego State University
  • Book: Chinese Signs
  • Online publication: 29 February 2024
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108979603.016
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