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On the Formal Way to Chinese Languages cover

On the Formal Way to Chinese Languages

edited by Sze-Wing Tang and Chen-Sheng Luther Liu

This collection presents readers with the main thrust of current research on Chinese languages from the perspective of formal linguistics. Written by an international assembly of researchers in the field, the chapters offer an in-depth study of important theoretical issues and particular questions in contemporary Chinese linguistics, and serve as a useful reference for various areas of Chinese grammar. The 11 original articles in this volume include discussions of reflexivity, modifiers and nominal structures, tense, verbal constructions and sentence structures, onset change, suffixation, and first language acquisition. Equipped with a detailed index, this volume provides for all readers a valuable resource of and the greatest access to the field of formal Chinese linguistics today.

Sze-Wing Tang is Assistant Professor in the Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and President of the Linguistic Society of Hong Kong. Chen-Sheng Liu is Assistant Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature at the National Chi Nan University.


  • Preface
  • Part I: Syntax and Semantics
  • Tense as a Grammatical Category in Chinese
    Miao-Ling Hsieh
  • Distributivity and Reflexivity
    C.-T. James Huang
  • Word Order, Structure and Relativization
    Yen-Hui Audrey Li
  • On the Status of ‘Modifying’ DE and the Structure of the Chinese DP
    Andrew Simpson
  • The Parametric Theory of Verb Movement and Its Consequences
    Sze-Wing Tang
  • Predemonstrative Modifiers
    Alexander Williams
  • Serial Verb Construction and Verbal Compounding
    Ching-Huei Teresa Wu
  • Wo pao-le ge feiknai and Reanalysis of the Classifier ge
    Zoe Wu
  • Focus Adverbs CAI and JIU in L1 Acquisition of Mandarin Chinese: A Preliminary Study
    Xiaolu Yang
  • Part II: Phonology
  • The Role of Markedness in Onset Change
    Moira Yip
  • A Phonetically-Based OT Account for the /n/ - / ŋ / Asymmetry upon /- ɻ /-Suffixation in Northern Chinese Dialects
    Jie Zhang
  • Index


ISBN (Paperback): 1575863707 (9781575863702)
ISBN (Cloth): 1575863693 (9781575863696)

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