Chinese Syntax in a Cross-Linguistic Perspective

Paperback | December 15, 2014

EditorAudrey Li, Andrew Simpson, Wei-tien Dylan Tsai

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Chinese Syntax in a Cross-linguistic Perspective is a collection of sixteen original papers by leading experts in Chinese syntax. The papers focus on a broad range of topics, demonstrating how the analysis of Chinese can inform our understanding of syntactic phenomena in other languages, andhow insights gained in the study of other languages can in turn shed interesting new light on patterns in Chinese. Each chapter compares a specific major phenomenon in Chinese syntax with related patterns in at least one other language from Asia, Europe, North America or Africa, resulting in aseries of fresh perspectives on Chinese and what the study of Chinese can offer linguists working on other, genetically unrelated languages. The volume is divided into three thematic sections, on the nominal domain, the predicate domain, and the C-domain. In addition to chapters on synchronic, adult syntax, the book includes chapters on Chinese diachronic syntax in a comparative perspective and the acquisition of syntax in Chinese, incomparison with that of other languages. The collection is a tribute to Professor C.-T. James Huang's lifelong work on the syntax of Chinese and his attempts to demonstrate how the comparative analysis of Chinese reveals important properties of Universal Grammar. With its broad, cross-linguisticfocus and its detailed, new studies of Chinese, this book is essential reading for researchers of all language backgrounds in modern generative syntax.

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Chinese Syntax in a Cross-linguistic Perspective is a collection of sixteen original papers by leading experts in Chinese syntax. The papers focus on a broad range of topics, demonstrating how the analysis of Chinese can inform our understanding of syntactic phenomena in other languages, andhow insights gained in the study of other lan...

Audrey Li is Professor of Linguistics and East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Southern California. Her research interests include syntactic theory, typology, interface of syntax with semantics and phonology. She has published in Language, Linguistic Theory, Journal of East Asian Linguistics and (co-)authored books b...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:460 pages, 9.09 × 6.1 × 1.3 inPublished:December 15, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Cheng-Teh James Huang: On Syntactic Analyticity and Parametric Theory2. Li Julie Jiang: Nominal Arguments in Mandarin and Yi3. Francesca Del Gobbo: Appositives in Mandarin Chinese and Cross-linguistically4. Jo-Wang Lin and Wei-Tien Dylan Tsai: Restricting Nonrestrictive Relatives in Mandarin Chinese5. Wei-wen Roger Liao and Yuyun Wang: The same difference: Comparative Syntax-semantics of English same and Chinese tong/xiang-tong6. Gennaro Chierchia: How Universal is the Mass/Count Distinction? Three Grammars of Counting7. Michael Barrie and Yen-hui Audrey Li: Analysis vs. Synthesis: Objects8. Lisa Lai-Shen Cheng and Rint Sybesma: Transitive Psych-predicates9. Shengli Feng: Light verb Syntax between English and Classical Chinese10. Mamoru Saito: Selection in Complex Predicate Formation11. Alexander Williams: Agents in Mandarin and Igbo Resultatives12. Andrew Simpson: Verbal Answers to yes/no Questions, Focus and Ellipsis13. Gu Yang and Guo Jie: On the Internal Structure of Comparative Constructions: from Chinese to English14. Keiko Murasugi: Root Infinitive Analogues in Child Chinese and Japanese15. Masao Ochi: Wh-adjuncts, Left Periphery, and Wh-in-situ16. Sze-Wing Tang: Cartographic Syntax of Pragmatic Projections