Research on Functional Grammar of Chinese II: Reference and Grammatical Category

1st Edition

Bojiang Zhang, Mei Fang

Routledge
November 30, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 232 Pages
ISBN 9780367373993 - CAT# K442790
Series: China Perspectives

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Summary

The functional perspective on Chinese syntax has yielded various new achievements since its introduction to Chinese linguistics in the 1980s.

This two-volume book is one of the earliest and most influential works to study the Chinese language using functional grammar. Using local Beijing vernacular as a basis, the information structure and focus structure of the Chinese language are systematically examined. By using written works and recordings from Pekingese, the authors discuss topics such as the relationship between word order and focus and the distinction between normal focus and contrastive focus.

In addition, the authors also subject the reference and grammatical categories of the Chinese language to scrutiny while discussion of word classes and their functions creatively combine modern linguistic theory and traditional Chinese linguistic theory. This book will be of interest for students and scholars of Chinese linguistics and linguistics in general.

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