LINGUIST List 9.265

Sun Feb 22 1998

Sum: Asian Adjectives

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  1. Michael Jung, Asian Adjectives

Message 1: Asian Adjectives

Date: Fri, 20 Feb 1998 10:06:45 +0100
From: Michael Jung <>
Subject: Asian Adjectives

Dear Linguists,

In January I asked for references to recent papers or books on the syntax and 
semantics of adjectives in East Asian languages.

There was only very little response which leads me to the conclusion that not 
too much work has been done in this interesting field recently.

I received the following references (given here together with possible 
comments by the senders):

Caluianu, Daniela. 1996. "Case patterns with subjective adjectives".
 Tsukuba Journal of Applied Linguistics 3: 27-41.
 [The article treats case marking alternations on the Experiencer
 argument of Japanese adjectives.]

Chen, Qiming. 1996. Structure of noun phrases and in Chinese and
 its consequences. [Ph.D. Diss., University of Maryland.]

Mo, Jianmin. 1997. Adjectifs et constructions comparatives en chinois
 contemporain. Paris. [Ph.D. Diss.]

Sackmann, Robin. 1996. "The problem of 'adjectives' in Mandarin Chinese".
 In: Sackmann, Robin (ed.). Theoretical Linguistics and Grammatical
 Description. Amsterdam: Benjamins. (= CILT, 138).
 [... thorough and theoretically well-founded study on the syntactic
 and semantic features of alleged 'adjectives' in Mandarin. ...
 summarizes the arguments against 'adjectives' in Chinese. ]

Yoo, Hyun-Kyung. 1997. A study of Korean adjectives. [Ph.D. Diss.,
 Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea].
 [comprehensive and very lengthy study on Korean adjectives, written
 in Korean but with summary in English.]

Many thanks to those who responded.

Michael Jung

Michael Jung
Universitaet Leipzig
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