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Document Type

Open Access

Degree Program

Chinese

Degree Type

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Year Degree Awarded

2013

Month Degree Awarded

September

Keywords

film, dialect, Mandarin, discourse, functions

Abstract

In recent years, using dialects in Chinese films has become more and more popular. By observing this phenomenon and investigating its history, I find out three functions that dialect has in cinema: severing as fun maker, indicating the identity of the speaker, helping to describe the speaker’s characteristics.

In order to understand why dialects have these functions in cinema, semiotic analysis and discourse analysis are employed in finding the reasons.

First Advisor

Enhua Zhang

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