Typological Change in Chinese Syntax

Typological Change in Chinese Syntax

by Dan Xu
     
 

This new interpretation of the early history of Chinese argues that Old Chinese was typologically a "mixed" language. It shows that, though its dominant word order was subject-verb-object, this coexisted with subject-object-verb. Xu describes the typological changes that have taken place since the Han period and shows how Chinese evolved into a more

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This new interpretation of the early history of Chinese argues that Old Chinese was typologically a "mixed" language. It shows that, though its dominant word order was subject-verb-object, this coexisted with subject-object-verb. Xu describes the typological changes that have taken place since the Han period and shows how Chinese evolved into a more analytic language, supporting her exposition with abundant examples from recently discovered texts. She focusses on syntactic issues, but pays close attention to closely related changes in phonology and the writing system.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199297566
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
11/23/2006
Series:
Oxford Linguistics Ser.
Edition description:
5TH
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,151,679
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations, Paris

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