Volume 6, Issue 2, March 2018, Page: 31-35
An Investigation into Chafe’s Six Semantic Configurations Through the Poem “Echo” by Christina Rossetti
Luu Quy Khuong, Department of International Studies, University of Foreign Language Studies - the University of Da Nang, Da Namg, Viet Nam
Tran Tin Nghi, Foreign Languages Center, Ho Chi Minh City University of Food Industry, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
Received: Feb. 19, 2018;       Accepted: Mar. 5, 2018;       Published: Mar. 23, 2018
DOI: 10.11648/j.ijll.20180602.11      View  1426      Downloads  99
Chafe (1970) first introduces the theory of the linguistic structures as the generative-transformation type and illustrated these structures basing on the ‘verbs’ of all sentences. In his theory, the verb plays an important role in determining the organizations of all sentences. In his book, Meaning and the structure of language, Chafe defines ‘four main heads’ that any languages follow naturally such as semantic configurations, the post-semantic processes, symbolization and phonological structures. In this paper, the authors only focus on the analysis of the semantic configurations proposed by Chafe (1970) and test how the rules work with the poem “Echo” written by Christina Rossetti [7] in order to help the readers to better understanding the poem in the light of semantic structures. Rossetti (1830 – 1894) is a well-known English poet with many masterpieces of romantic, devotional, and children's poems. “Goblin Market and "Remember" are two of her famous publications. The purpose of choosing “Echo” because this is a success of Christina Rossetti’s poetry. Normally an echo is believed not as a good concept for poetic purposes. However, with her deeply emotional and sentimental use of metaphor this poem is touching the hearts of all people by a variety of complex semantic configurations. The authors use the Chafe’s theory to investigate the effects of semantic configurations and evaluate them through the analysis of Echo.
Semantic Configurations, Meaning, Structures, Post-Semantic Processes, Symbolization
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Luu Quy Khuong, Tran Tin Nghi, An Investigation into Chafe’s Six Semantic Configurations Through the Poem “Echo” by Christina Rossetti, International Journal of Language and Linguistics. Vol. 6, No. 2, 2018, pp. 31-35. doi: 10.11648/j.ijll.20180602.11
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