Clause Combination in Chinese is an abundantly documented study of
composite sentences in Modern Chinese, their semantic properties and
syntactic behaviour. It discusses the extent of language variation, the
relation between synchrony and diachrony, the nature of grammaticalization,
generality and gradience, and the non-uniqueness of syntactic analysis.
The first part provides a new categorization of clause combinations and
clause connectives. It introduces a class of connectives often combining
units larger than the sentence. It also discusses the frequent non-use of
clause connectives in Chinese composite sentences.
The second part contains case studies of composite sentences with unusual
semantic properties, among them a hitherto unrecognized pattern with no
English counterpart: adverbial clauses expressing necessity.
The book should be of interest to all students of Chinese linguistics and
to general linguists concerned with sentence complexity.