LINGUIST List 25.4860

Tue Dec 02 2014

Books: New Perspectives on Chinese Syntax: Paul

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Date: 25-Nov-2014
From: Linda Steglich <linda.steglichdegruyter.com>
Subject: New Perspectives on Chinese Syntax: Paul
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Title: New Perspectives on Chinese Syntax
Series Title: Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs [TiLSM] 271
Published: 2014
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
                http://www.degruyter.com/mouton

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/212675?format=G

Author: Waltraud Paul
Electronic: ISBN: 9783110393972 Pages: 357 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110338683 Pages: 357 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Abstract:

Mandarin Chinese has become indispensable for crosslinguistic comparison and syntactic theorizing. It is nevertheless still difficult to obtain comprehensive answers to research questions, because Chinese is often presented as an "exotic" language defying the analytical tools standardly used for other languages. This book sets out to demystify Chinese. It places controversial issues in the context of current syntactic theories and offers precise analyses based on a large array of representative data. Although the focus is on Modern Mandarin, earlier stages of Chinese are occasionally referred to in order to highlight striking continuities in its history. VO order is one such constant factor, thus invalidating the idea that Chinese went through a major word order change from OV to VO and back to OV. Another claim often made for Chinese as an isolating language, viz. the existence of an impoverished inventory of parts of speech, is likewise refuted. Other long debated issues addressed here include the relevance of the dichotomy topic vs subject prominence and the role of Chinese as a recurring exception to crosscategorial harmonies posited in typological studies.

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
                            Typology

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

Written In: English (eng)

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