Chinese Grammar at Work

| National Taiwan University and Yuan Ze University, Taiwan
ISBN 9789027201829 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027271365 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
Chinese Grammar at Work adopts a cognitive-functional approach and uses a corpus-based methodology to examine how Chinese syntax emerges from natural discourse context and what the evolving grammar at work looks like. In this volume the author weaves together an array of fresh perspectives on clause structure, constructions, interactional linguistics, cognitive science and complex dynamic systems to construct a grammar of spoken Chinese. The volume contains discussions of a large number of topics: contiguity relation, the roles of repair strategies in the shaping of constituent structure, non-canonical word order constructions, pragmatics of referring expressions, classifier constructions, noun-modifying constructions, verb complementation, ethnotheory of the person and constructions specific to the language of emotion, sequential sensitivity of linguistic materials, meaning potential in interaction, the nature of variability and stability in Chinese syntax from the perspective of complexity theory. The result is a volume that highlights the connections between language structure, situated and embodied nature of cognition and language use, and affords a true entrée to the exciting realm of Chinese grammar.
[Studies in Chinese Language and Discourse, 1]  2013.  xii, 458 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. The dynamics of the clausal structure
Chapter 3. Constituency and patterns of syntactic contiguity
Chapter 4. Pragmatics of word order
Chapter 5. Referring expressions
Chapter 6. Classifiers and classifier constructions
Chapter 7. Noun-modifying constructions
Chapter 8. Complementation constructions
Chapter 9. Some more constructions in Chinese
Chapter 10. The left and right peripheries in the clause 
and sequence structure
Chapter 11. Projection and repair
Chapter 12. Grammar, construction and social action
Chapter 13. Meaning in interaction
Chapter 14. Language, cognition and the complexity turn in grammatical research
“This is a remarkable book in many ways. It represents the culmination of thirty years of study and research since Li & Thompson’s (1981) Mandarin Chinese, a reference grammar based on functional principles. A functional approach turns out to be an ideal way to present the grammar of a language where universal categories (nominal, verbal, adverbial) are not prefigured, but are created configurationally in the structure of the sentence, and consequently, everything has a functional role to play.”
“The author demonstrates vast knowledge in linguistic theories, recent findings across different languages, and the Chinese language. Many views highlighted by the author are of significant theoretical value: language is usage-based; syntax emerges from discourse; meaning is an interactional effect negotiated in talk-in-interaction; and grammar is best viewed as consisting of a vast set of procedures and methods for interpreting language. The cognitive-functional approach, the corpus-based methodology, and the insightful analyses of natural discourse data combine to make this book an excellent addition to Chinese linguistics, spoken Chinese grammar, and cognitive-functional linguistics.”
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BIC Subject: CF/2GDC – Linguistics/Chinese
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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