Article published in:Increased Empiricism: Recent advances in Chinese Linguistics
Edited by Zhuo Jing-Schmidt
[Studies in Chinese Language and Discourse 2] 2013
► pp. 49–72
Characteristic syntactic patterns of Mandarin Chinese
Since Ma (1898), and Wang (1938) in particular, the search for Chinese-specific grammatical patterns has become an important goal of Chinese grammar research, and many valuable attempts and contributions have been made in this direction. However, in the absence of a typological perspective, most previously identified “unique” characteristics are hardly unique. In contrast to previous research, this paper takes the angle of language universality and diversity and explores several idiosyncratic and cross-linguistically unusual syntactic patterns of Mandarin Chinese, seeking to identify some truly Chinese-specific structures.
Keywords: Chinese syntax, Chinese-specific characteristics, syntactic patterns
Published online: 18 December 2013