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LINGUIST List 24.571

Thu Jan 31 2013

Books: Adverbial Clauses in Mandarin Chinese: Wong

Editor for this issue: Rebekah McClure <rebekahlinguistlist.org>

Date: 29-Jan-2013
From: Laura Bally <publicitypeterlang.com>
Subject: Adverbial Clauses in Mandarin Chinese: Wong
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Title: Adverbial Clauses in Mandarin Chinese
Subtitle: A Corpus-based Study
Series Title: European University Studies / - Volume 374
Published: 2013
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
                http://www.peterlang.com

Book URL: http://www.peterlang.com/?431120

Author: May Wong
Paperback: ISBN: 9783034311205 Pages: 334 Price: U.S. $ 95.95
Paperback: ISBN: 9783034311205 Pages: 334 Price: U.K. £ 59.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9783034311205 Pages: 334 Price: Europe EURO 73.30
Abstract:

What are adverbial clauses in Chinese? Do they all have subjects as their counterparts do in English? How do the semantic domains of adverbial clauses interact with the distribution of subjects? How do Chinese corpora help us explore these intriguing questions?

The aim of this study is to demonstrate the usefulness of corpus linguistics as a methodology in grammar studies. A problem-oriented tagging approach has been used to enable the exploration of adverbial clauses in the corpus and to identify eleven semantically based classes of adverbial clauses. While it is a well-known fact that Chinese adverbial clauses (CACs) are overtly marked by a subordinating conjunction, their subjects can be left unexpressed and recovered in the prior discourse. By analysing naturally occurring spoken and written samples from various corpora, the author examines this intriguing phenomenon of overt and non-overt subjects in adverbial clauses.

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
                            Text/Corpus Linguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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