List of John Benjamins publications for which Yicheng Wu plays a role.
Review of Narrog & Heine (2021): Grammaticalization. Journal of Historical Pragmatics 23:2, pp. 346–3522022.
On indefinite subjects in Mandarin: A semantic account. International Journal of Chinese Linguistics 8:1, pp. 1–342021.
This study investigates the licensing conditions and interpretational variability of indefinite subjects in Mandarin. Against the ‘definiteness’ constraint of subject in Mandarin (Chao 1968; Li and Thompson 1981), three types of indefinite subjects are identified in the subject position, but they… read more | Article
Efficiency in shaping grammars: The case of multiple occurrences of the Chinese reflexive ziji. Pragmatics and Society 12:2, pp. 224–2422021.
Hawkins (1994, 1999, 2004, 2014a) proposes a performance-grammar correspondence hypothesis, claiming that grammars can be shaped by processing systems with reference to the degree of preference in communication. Given that Hawkins’s proposal mainly highlights the role of efficiency in language… read more | Article
On the scope of quantifier phrases in Chinese passive construction. International Journal of Chinese Linguistics 7:1, pp. 71–892020.
Quantifier phrases (QP) can co-occur in a single sentence, which may cause ambiguity in terms of scope relation, viz. wide scope and narrow scope interpretations. Aoun & Li (1993) claim that quantifier scope ambiguity also exists in Chinese passive construction, such as yige nűren bei meige ren ma… read more | Article
The constructionalization and constructional change of noncanonical V-NP expressions in Mandarin Chinese. Studies in Language 42:4, pp. 886–9222018.
This paper investigates the process of constructionalization and constructional change of apparently noncanonical yet highly frequent V-NP expressions in Mandarin Chinese, which exist in other languages as well (e.g., Southeast Asian languages and African languages). A corpus-based survey of 20… read more | Article
Object expletives in Chinese and the structural theory of predication. International Journal of Chinese Linguistics 3:2, pp. 179–2002016.
Based on her conception that the subject is the least droppable NP in a clause, and that object position is generated only because the thematic structure of the predicator requires it, Rothstein (1995, 2001, 2006) proposes a structural theory of predication whereby predication is a syntactic… read more | Article