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Functional Structure(s), Form and Interpretation: Perspectives from East Asian Languages

Functional Structure(s), Form and Interpretation: Perspectives from East Asian Languages

1st Edition

Andrew Simpson, Audrey-Li Yen-hui
August 10, 2018

The issue of how interpretation results from the form and type of syntactic structures present in language is one which is central and hotly debated in both theoretical and descriptive linguistics.This volume brings together a series of eleven new cutting-edge essays by leading experts in East...

Focus and Background Marking in Mandarin Chinese: System and Theory behind cai, jiu, dou and ye

Focus and Background Marking in Mandarin Chinese: System and Theory behind cai, jiu, dou and ye

1st Edition

Daniel Hole
May 16, 2017

This is an investigation into the grammaticalized system of focus-background agreement in Mandarin Chinese. The particles cái, jiù, dou and ye are, in a specific use type, shown to form the core of a highly systematic paradigm. This book is not just a valuable companion for anyone interested in...

Vietnamese-English Bilingualism: Patterns of Code-Switching

Vietnamese-English Bilingualism: Patterns of Code-Switching

1st Edition

Ho-Dac Tuc
August 12, 2016

This book is concerned with three central issues: the universality of constraints on code-switching, the nature of the relation between language contact and bilingualism, and the social and linguistic components that facilitate code-switching....

A Grammar of Mangghuer: A Mongolic Language of China's Qinghai-Gansu Sprachbund

A Grammar of Mangghuer: A Mongolic Language of China's Qinghai-Gansu Sprachbund

1st Edition

Keith W. Slater
June 20, 2016

This book is a grammar of Mangghuer, a Mongolic language spoken by approximately 25,000 people in China's northwestern Qinghai Province. Mangghuer is virtually unknown outside China, and no grammar of Mangghuer has ever been published in any language. The book's primary importance is thus as a...

The Tamil Auxiliary Verb System

The Tamil Auxiliary Verb System

1st Edition

Sanford B. Steever
February 28, 2016

This book introduces the syntactic process of auxiliary formation and applies it to the grammatical analysis of the indicative, or non-modal, auxiliary verbs of Modern Tamil. Using data from spoken and written registers gathered over several years, the book demonstrates for the first time the...

The Chinese Particle Le: Discourse Construction and Pragmatic Marking in Chinese

The Chinese Particle Le: Discourse Construction and Pragmatic Marking in Chinese

1st Edition

M.E. van den Berg, G. Wu
December 09, 2015

Ever since the start of Chinese linguistic studies, the description of the Chinese particle LE has remained elusive. The classification has evolved from a listing of sentences and the discussion of contrastive pairs to a more context and discourse-oriented analysis. The development in recent years...

Linguistic Epidemiology: Semantics and Grammar of Language Contact in Mainland Southeast Asia

Linguistic Epidemiology: Semantics and Grammar of Language Contact in Mainland Southeast Asia

1st Edition

Nick Enfield
August 15, 2014

This important new study examines in detail a semantic-pragmatic pattern surrounding the basic verb 'acquire' in nearly 30 Southeast Asian languages, concentrating on Lao, Vietnamese, Khmer, Kmhmu, Hmong, and varieties of Chinese.The book makes a significant contribution to empirical work on...

Grammaticalization and Language Change in Chinese: A formal view

Grammaticalization and Language Change in Chinese: A formal view

1st Edition

Xiu-Zhi Zoe Wu
September 09, 2013

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