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Taiwan Journal of Linguistics

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A special issue on the grammar of measurement

Taiwan Journal of Linguistics

Call for Papers

The background

Over the past two or three decades, studies on Chinese nominal phrases have offered two major insights: (1) despite the lack of overt determiners, Chinese nominal phrases turn out to have a rich structure, which is parallel to those of overt DPs in other languages; (2) Chinese nominal phrases share the same rich and complicated semantic structure as DPs in other languages. In light of these insights, one of the most (superficially) peculiar characters of Chinese nominal phrases, i.e., the employment of a general classifier system, turns out to offer more interesting suggestions for the structure of Universal Grammar (UG) than previously envisioned. Recent studies on the syntax and semantics of measurement constructions in natural languages have also shed enlightening new light on this fascinating but hotly-debated issue.

To bring together different thoughts on the grammar of measurement constructions and to advance the studies on measurement in Chinese and other languages, a special workshop on the grammar of measurement in Chinese has been held on June 6, 2013 at National Taiwan Normal University (as a thematic event of the 21st Annual Meeting of the International Association for Chinese Linguistics (IACL-21)). To help more colleagues to have better understanding of the frontier-breaking studies on measurement constructions, Taiwan Journal of Linguistics is pleased to announce that it will publish a special issue about measurement in the Spring of 2014. Papers that are related (but not limited) to the following topics are particular welcome:

1. The syntax/semantic of nominal and verbal measurement constructions in Chinese
2. The syntax/semantics of classifiers and nominal phrases in Chinese
3. The acquisition of classifier-languages like Chinese Vs. non-classifier-languages like English
4. The syntax/semantics of measurement constructions of non-Sinitic languages in Taiwan and Chinese Mainland

The journal

The Taiwan Journal of Linguistics (TJL ISSN:1729-4649) is an open-access, peer-reviewed international journal of linguistics published by Crane Publishing. It publishes two issues each year. For more details about the journal, please visit:


Electronic submissions are encouraged and should be sent to
Both Word and PDF files are acceptable. A paper normally should not exceed 40 pages single-spaced. The author(s) of each published paper will receive five copies of the journal issue. A manuscript may follow the style sheet of any established linguistics journal; however, once accepted, an article must then conform strictly to The TJL Style Sheet and The TJL Template.

Submission of the papers

Please feel free to contact the guest editors for the extended deadline of submission.
An earlier submission will be reviewed sooner.

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Taiwan Journal of Linguistics
Graduate Institute in Linguistics, National Cheng Chi University
Taipei, Taiwan 116, ROC

Guest editors

Dr. Miao-Ling Hsieh
Department of English, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei

Dr. Qiong-Peng Luo
College of Liberal Arts, Nanjing University, Nanjing