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Cognition-Based Studies on Chinese Grammar

1st Edition

By Yulin Yuan


276 pages

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Introducing the English translations of 8 selected research articles originally written in Chinese by Professor Yuan Yulin, Cognition-based Studies on Chinese Grammar is an essential reading for researchers in Chinese syntax.

Yuan Yulin is one of the very first Chinese scholars who introduced cognitive sciences into the study of Chinese language some twenty years ago, and his work is well-known and highly regarded in China for its originality and theoretical contribution. The collection covers the core of his engagement with Chinese language studies, ranging from lexical exploration to grammatical discussion.

Cognition-based Studies on Chinese Grammar is designed for students or researchers who specialize in the Chinese language, contemporary Chinese grammar and cognitive linguistics. It can also serve as a reference book for instructors or teachers engaged in Chinese language pedagogy or in teaching Chinese as a second or foreign language.

Table of Contents

1. Yuan Yulin. 1992. On valence of nouns in Mandarin Chinese (现代汉语名词的配价研究), in Social Sciences in China (中国社会科学). 2. Yuan Yulin. 1994. A cognitive study of the mono-valent noun in Mandarin Chinese (一价名词的认知研究), in Studies of The Chinese Language (中国语文). 3. Yuan Yulin. 1995. The implied predicate and its syntactic consequences – the rule of the de-construction and the grammatical and semantic functions of de (谓词隐含及其句法后果——"的"字结构的称代规则和"的"的语法、语义功能), in Studies of The Chinese Language (中国语文). 4. Yuan Yulin. 2002. The noun representing the verb phrase and the wave of pronominal signification (名词代表动词短语和代词所指的波动), in Studies of The Chinese Language (中国语文) 5. Yuan Yulin. 2004. Argument structure and the motivation, the mechanism and the condition for syntactic patterning interaction: the influence of delicate expression on verbal valency and syntactic construction (论元结构和句式结构互动的动因、机制和条件——表达精细化对动词配价和句式构造的影响), in Studies in Language and Linguistics (语言研究) 6. Yuan Yulin. 1995. The family resemblance of word-class categories (词类范畴的家族相似性), in Social Sciences in China (中国社会科学) 7. Yuan Yulin. 2005. A membership-based fuzzy classification of Chinese words (基于隶属度的汉语词类的模糊划分), in Social Sciences in China (中国社会科学) 8. Yuan Yulin. 1996. Topicalization and related grammatical processes (话题化及相关的语法过程), in Studies of The Chinese Language (中国语文) 9. Yuan Yulin. 2002. The grammatical importance of the topic in Chinese and the degree of its grammaticalization: a diachronic and synchronic consideration based on the actual use of spoken Chinese (汉语话题的语法地位和语法化程度——基于真实口语的历时和共时考量), in Linguistics Forum (语言学论丛) (25). Beijing: The Commercial Press. 10. Yuan Yulin. 1999. A cognitive interpretation of the attribute order and its theoretical entailment, in Social Sciences in China (中国社会科学) 11. Yuan Yulin. 2004. On some grammatical phenomena related to container metaphor and set metaphor: towards a cognitive explanation and a computational analysis of co-occurrence restriction of words (容器隐喻、套件隐喻及相关的语法现象——词语同现的认知解释和计算分析), in Studies of The Chinese Language (中国语文) 12. Yuan Yulin. 2005. A new explanation of the semantic function and association direction of dou (都) ("都"的语义功能和关联方向新解), in Studies of The Chinese Language (中国语文) 13. Yuan Yulin. 2007. On the implicit negation and NPI licensing of dou (都) (论"都"的隐性否定和极项允准功能), in Studies of The Chinese Language (中国语文) 14. Yuan Yulin. 2003. On the syntactic and semantic function of de in the sentence final position: from a viewpoint of the modern focus theory (从焦点理论看句尾"的"的句法语义功能), in Studies of The Chinese Language (中国语文) 15. Yuan Yulin. 1997. On the grammatical function of zhe (者) and its historical evolution ("者"的语法功能及其历史演变), in Studies of The Chinese Language (中国语文) 16. Yuan Yulin. 1993. The positive-negative question and its relative typologic parameters, in Studies of The Chinese Language (中国语文)

About the Author


Guoxiang Wu

Quanzhou City, Fujian Province, P.R. China

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Yuan Yulin is a Professor in the Department of Chinese at Peking University, China.

Wu Guoxiang is also in the Department of Chinese at Peking University, China.

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Routledge Studies in Chinese Linguistics

Routledge Studies in Chinese Linguistics is a state-of-the-art book series showcasing high quality research on the linguistics of the Chinese language. Titles in the series range from seminal classics to cutting edge studies in the field, and comprise both research monographs and edited volumes.

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