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Typological Change in Chinese Syntax$
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Dan Xu

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199297566

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199297566.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Typological Change in Chinese Syntax


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This introductory chapter summarizes the aims and arguments of the book. The book shows that, since the Han, the Chinese language has fully exploited syntactic devices to the detriment of phonological and morphological devices. This irresistible development means that the syntactic needs issued from the language itself.

Keywords:   Old Chinese, Han period, syntax, typology, language evolution

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