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The Cartography of Chinese Syntax – The Cartography of Syntactic Structures, Volume 11 - Oxford Scholarship Online
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The Cartography of Chinese Syntax: The Cartography of Syntactic Structures, Volume 11

Wei-Tien Dylan Tsai


This book takes Chinese to be an ideal testing ground for the cartographic approach due to its robust analyticity, where functional elements typically distribute over the entire span of a sentence in a discrete and orderly manner. By studying a variety of syntactic constructions in Chinese from a comparative angle, it becomes possible to map out a well-defined topography of relevant syntax-semantics correspondences with such notion as “the height of interpretation”. As a result, we are be able to open a window into the very nature of syntactic cartography, while addressing specific issues such ... More

Keywords: syntactic theory, cartographic approach, Chinese syntax, left periphery, functional categories, information structure

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190210687
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190210687.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wei-Tien Dylan Tsai, editor
Professor of Linguistics, National Tsing Hua University

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