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Title: Chinese Syntactic Grammar
Subtitle: Functional and Conceptual Principles
Written By: Jian Kang Loar
URL: http://www.peterlang.com/?311252
Series Title: Berkeley Models of Grammars - Volume 9

Chinese Syntactic Grammar: Functional and Conceptual Principles is unique
in that it discusses the organizational principles of Chinese syntactic
structures in terms of conceptual and functional principles, which are iconic
and hence are easy to understand and apply. The organizational principles
mainly comprise the three Chinese conceptual principles of Temporal
Sequence, Temporal Scope, and Whole-Before-Part (Tai, 1985) and the two
functional principles of Communicative Dynamism and the Principle of Topic-
End Focus. By analyzing the semantic roles of each clause element,
Chinese Syntactic Grammar reveals that the conceptual principles play a
crucial role in organizing ideas and bringing units (such as subject, verb, and
object) together to form grammatical sequences, which manifest S (A) V O
(C), which is the basic Chinese word order. The functional principles control
and govern variations of the basic sentence structure, which are motivated to
facilitate effective communication and achieve specific communicative goals,
thus generating several special structures, including the Bá/Bèi/null Bèi
sentences, etc. The variant forms are motivated to achieve special
communicative goals, and to facilitate effective communication.

Another feature of the book is that it focuses on reasons, rather than merely
on a description of rules. The language is lucid, and the arguments are
cogent. The scope and depth of the investigation make the volume one of the
most thorough and relatively complete pedagogical reference books. Chinese
Syntactic Grammar can serve as a textbook for training professional CFL
teachers. It is a must-read book for Mandarin Chinese teachers as a handy
manual, also for intermediate and advanced Chinese learners if they want to
have deeper insight into the nature of the Chinese language. Linguists who
are interested in cognitive grammar and specialists across many fields
including education, psychology, communication, and information science will
find the book enlightening and interesting.

Jian Kang Loar received her BA in English and MA in English and linguistics
at Huazhong University in Wuhan, China, where she also became an English
lecturer. She came to Boston University on a presidential scholarship, and,
subsequently, received her PhD in applied linguistics. Dr. Loar is Associate
Professor of Chinese at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey,
California. She has been engaged in foreign language teaching her whole life,
and she is conversant with foreign language learning and teaching theories
and methodology. Her specialty is Chinese grammar and linguistics, primarily
in the verbal aspectual system, the sentence information structure, and word
order in Chinese. Dr. Loar is the author of several articles that have been
published in the Journal of Chinese Linguistics and the Journal of Chinese
Language Teachers Association.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Linguistic Theories
Language Acquisition
Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9781433112522
Pages: 517
Prices: U.S. $ 99.95
U.K. £ 58.10
Europe EURO 64.50