Clause Combination in Chinese

Clause Combination in Chinese

by Halvor Eifring
     
 

ISBN-10: 9004101462

ISBN-13: 9789004101463

Pub. Date: 12/01/1994

Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.

Clause Combination in Chinese is an abundantly documented study of composite sentences in Modern Chinese, their semantic properties and syntactic behaviour. It discusses the extent of language variation, the relation between synchrony and diachrony, the nature of grammaticalization, generality and gradience, and the non-uniqueness of syntactic

Overview

Clause Combination in Chinese is an abundantly documented study of composite sentences in Modern Chinese, their semantic properties and syntactic behaviour. It discusses the extent of language variation, the relation between synchrony and diachrony, the nature of grammaticalization, generality and gradience, and the non-uniqueness of syntactic analysis.
The first part provides a new categorization of clause combinations and clause connectives. It introduces a class of connectives often combining units larger than the sentence. It also discusses the frequent non-use of clause connectives in Chinese composite sentences.
The second part contains case studies of composite sentences with unusual semantic properties, among them a hitherto unrecognized pattern with no English counterpart: adverbial clauses expressing necessity.
The book should be of interest to all students of Chinese linguistics and to general linguists concerned with sentence complexity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004101463
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/01/1994
Series:
Sinica Leidensia Series, #32
Pages:
436
Product dimensions:
6.54(w) x 9.68(h) x 1.25(d)

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