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Title: Functional Structure(s), Form and Interpretation
Subtitle: Perspectives from East Asian Languages
Edited By: Yen-hui Audrey Li
Andrew Alexander Simpson

The issue of how interpretation results from the form and type of syntactic structures present in language is one which is central and hotly debated in both theoretical and descriptive linguistics. This volume brings together a series of eleven new cutting edge essays by leading experts in East Asian languages which shows how the study of formal structures and functional morphemes in Chinese, Japanese and
Korean adds much to our general understanding of the close connections between form and interpretation. This specially commissioned collection will be of interest to linguists of all backgrounds working in the general area of syntax and language change, as well as those with a special interest in Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

Contents: Part I: Functional Structure and Processes of Interpretation in the DP/NP1. Yen-hui Audrey Li and Yuzhi Shi NP as Argument 2.
Yoshihisa Kitagawa Copying Variables 3. Keiko Muromatsu Classifiers and the Count-Mass Distinction 4. Hajime Hoji, Satoshi Kinsui, Yukinori
Takubo and Ayumi Ueyama The Demonstratives in Modern Japanese Part II:
Grammaticalization and the Diachronic Development of Functional
Structure5. Andrew Simpson On the Reanalysis on Nominalizers in Chinese,
Japanese and Korean 6. Wei-Tien Dylan Tsai Three Types of Existential uantification in Chinese 7. Alain Peyraube On the History of Place
Words and Localizers in Chinese: A Cognitive Approach Part III: Clause
Level Structures: Processes of Interpretation and Principles of
Organization8. S.-Y. Kuroda Judgement, Point of View and the
Interpretation of Causee Noun Phrases 9. William O'Grady A Computational
Approach to Case and Word Order in Korean 10. Thomas Ernst Adjuncts and
Word Order Typology in East Asian Languages 11. C.-T. James Huang The
Distribution of Negative NPs and Some Typological Correlates
Yen-hui Audrey Liis Professor of Linguistics and East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Southern California. Her research focuses on the comparison of grammatical properties in English, Chinese and other East Asian languages. Recent work has considered issues of order and constituency, scope interaction of quantificational expressions, as well as the distribution, structure and interpretation of different types of nominal expressions and relative constructions.
Andrew Simpsonis a Senior Lecturer at the School of Oriental and African
Studies, University of London. His research interests centre on the comparative syntax of East and Southeast Asian languages, and his work addresses issues relating to processes of language change, DP-structure, the syntax of question formation and the interaction of syntax with phonology.

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
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Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0415297451
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 296
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