Enriched Composition and Inference in the Argument Structure of Chinese

Enriched Composition and Inference in the Argument Structure of Chinese

by Ren Zhang
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415971004

ISBN-13: 9780415971003

Pub. Date: 05/18/2005

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

As with many other languages, Mandarin Chinese exhibits a rich variety of ways in expressing the arguments of the predicator in a sentence. Unlike other languages, such variation is typically devoid of any formal marking. Previous attempts in explaining such phenomena usually focus on the syntax as an explanatory tool. This book argues that a large majority of such

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As with many other languages, Mandarin Chinese exhibits a rich variety of ways in expressing the arguments of the predicator in a sentence. Unlike other languages, such variation is typically devoid of any formal marking. Previous attempts in explaining such phenomena usually focus on the syntax as an explanatory tool. This book argues that a large majority of such argument structure phenomena are better accounted for by recourse to enriched representations in lexical semantics. Drawing insights from conceptual semantics, cognitive semantics, Generative Lexicon, construction grammar and formal syntax, this book constitutes the first attempt at a comprehensive account of lexical semantic issues in Mandarin Chinese.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415971003
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/18/2005
Series:
Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics Series
Pages:
212
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

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