Clause Combination in Chinese

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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.

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'...we owe gratitude to the author for undertaking this painstaking labour, which apparently cost him more than 5 years of his life.'
Klaus Kaden, Cahiers de Linguistique - Asie Orientale, 1995.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004101463
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/1994
  • Series: Sinica Leidensia Series , #32
  • Pages: 436
  • Product dimensions: 6.54 (w) x 9.68 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Halvor Eifring, Ph.D. (1993) in Chinese, University of Oslo, currently holds a temporary position as Senior Lecturer in Chinese in the University of Oslo. He has published on Chinese language and culture, as well as Norwegian slang and dialects. He is one of the editors of the Norwegian cultural magazine Dyade.
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