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LINGUIST List 18.224

Mon Jan 22 2007

Books: Syntax/Semantics: Ding

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        1.    Ulrich Lueders, Studies on Bă Resultative Construction: Ding


Message 1: Studies on Bă Resultative Construction: Ding
Date: 19-Jan-2007
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: Studies on Bă Resultative Construction: Ding


Title: Studies on Bă Resultative Construction
Subtitle: A comprehensive approach to Mandarin bă sentences
Series Title: Lincom Studies in Asian Linguistics 62
Published: 2007
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
                http://www.lincom.eu

Author: Picus Sizhi Ding
Paperback: ISBN: 9783895864919 Pages: 100 Price: Europe EURO 44.00
Abstract:

The present work represents a comprehensive approach to the perennial
problem of Mandarin bă sentences. In the light of typological studies of
resultative, the bă-construction is identified as the Bă Resultative
Construction (BRC), in which bă is argued to have developed an abstract
meaning of 'bringing about a resultative state'. Bă is consequently argued
to be the head of the periphrastic resultative construction, where its
verbal status has remained after the grammaticalization. The complexity of
the bă problem is elucidated in semantic, syntactic, and pragmatic studies
of BRC. Semantically, a bă sentence in BRC is complex in that it typically
involves an underlying action and a resultative state. Considering bă as a
verb, a complex structure naturally arises in the syntactic analysis of
BRC. Finally, bă sentences in BRC also possess a pragmatically complex
structure: an embedded topic structure.

The monograph is organized as follows: Chapter 1 presents a general
introduction of the bă problem; Chapter 2 briefly reviews literature on
Mandarin bă sentences, including studies available as recently as 2005;
Chapter 3 concerns the constructional meaning of BRC; Chapter 4 represents
a lexical study of bă itself, discussing how the resultative meaning of the
verb has evolved and its syntactic properties in BRC. Chapter 5 and
Chapter 6 are devoted to the overall syntactic structure of BRC. The former
investigates relations between arguments of the matrix verb bă and the
embedded verb in the complement clause under the Government-Binding Theory,
while the latter addresses a parsing experiment of BRC in the cooking
domain implemented within the framework of Head-driven Phrase Structure
Grammar. Chapter 7 focuses on the pragmatic features of BRC. Finally,
conclusions are drawn in Chapter 8.

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
                            Syntax

Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin (cmn)

Written In: English (eng )

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