Varieties of Alternatives: Focus Particles and wh-Expressions in Mandarin

Varieties of Alternatives: Focus Particles and wh-Expressions in Mandarin

by Mingming Liu

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789811348266
Publisher: Springer Singapore
Publication date: 12/22/2018
Series: Frontiers in Chinese Linguistics , #3
Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2018
Pages: 174
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Dr. Mingming Liureceived his Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 2016 and currently works as an assistant professor at the School of Foreign Languages, Hunan University, China. His work has addressed several aspects of Mandarin grammar: focus particles such as the famous dou “each, all, even, already” and other only-like exclusives, wh-expressions and wh-conditionals, Mandarin conditionals in general and resultative verb compounds. He has published articles in several peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings.

Table of Contents

Chapter1. Introduction
1.1. The Cast of Characters
1.2. Main Themes
1.3. Overview of Things to Come
Chapter 2. Background
2.1. Semantic Assumptions
2.2. Syntactic Assumptions
Chapter 3. Varieties of Alternatives: Mandarin Focus Particles
3.1. Introduction
3.2. Deriving ‘Ambiguities’ through Alternatives
3.3. Regulating Ambiguities
3.4. Connection to Previous Work
3.5. Conclusion
Chapter 4. More Exclusives
4.1. Introduction
4.2. Exclusive (Dis)harmonies
4.3. Too Many Onlys
4.4. Conclusion
Chapter 5. Mandarin Wh-conditionals: Challenges and Facts
5.1. Introduction
5.2. Basics of Wh-conditionals
5.3. Previous Analyses . .
5.4. Semantic Properties of Wh-conditionals
5.5. Conclusion
Chapter 6. Proposal-A: Wh-conditionals as Interrogative Conditionals
6.1. Developing the Proposal
6.2. Explaining the Properties in Detail
6.3. Conclusion
Chapter 7. Proposal-B: Wh-conditionals as Interrogative Dependency
7.1. Introduction
7.2. Dependency as Relations between Questions
7.3. The Significance of Short Answers
7.4. Questions as Sets of Structured Meanings
7.5. Wh-conditionals Encode a Special Dependency Relation
7.6. Explaining the Properties
7.7. Comparison, Conclusion and Implication
7.5. Wh-conditionals Encode a Special Dependency Relation
7.6. Explaining the Properties
7.7. Comparison, Conclusion and Implication
Chapter 8. Concluding Remarks

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