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Title: The Establishment of Modern Chinese Grammar
Subtitle: The formation of the resultative construction and its effects
Written By: Yuzhi Shi
Series Title: Studies in Language Companion Series, 59

John Benjamins Publishing would like to announce the publication of the following title in Grammaticalization:

The Establishment of Modern Chinese Grammar
The formation of the resultative construction and its effects

Yuzhi Shi
National University of Singapore

This book investigates historical motivations for the emergence of the resultative construction in Chinese from the following four aspects: (a) disyllabification, (b)adjacent context, (c) semantic integrity, and (d) frequency of co-occurence of a pair of verb and resultative. The author also addresses a series of grammatical changes and innovations caused by the formation of this resultative construction, such as the development of aspect, mood, verb reduplication, the new predicate structure, the disposal construction, the passive construction, the verb copying construction, and the new topicalization construction, all of which together shape the grammatical system of Modern Chinese. The present analysis raises and discusses a number of theoretical issues that are meaningful to various linguistic disciplines like pragmatics, discourse analysis, grammaticalization, and general historical linguistics

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027230625
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: xiv, 262 pp.
Prices: EUR 108.00
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588112039
ISBN-13: 9781588112033
Pages: xiv, 262 pp.
Prices: U.S. $ 149