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Functional Structure(s), Form and Interpretation

Perspectives from East Asian Languages, 1st Edition

Edited by Andrew Simpson, Audrey-Li Yen-hui


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The issue of how interpretation results from the form and type of syntactic structures present in language is one which is central and hotly debated in both theoretical and descriptive linguistics.

This volume brings together a series of eleven new cutting-edge essays by leading experts in East Asian languages which shows how the study of formal structures and functional morphemes in Chinese, Japanese and Korean adds much to our general understanding of the close connections between form and interpretation. This specially commissioned collection will be of interest to linguists of all backgrounds working in the general area of syntax and language change, as well as those with a special interest in Chinese, Japanese and Korean.


'This is a very stimulating text for anyone interested in the form of syntactic structures' - Cahiers de Linguistique

Table of Contents

Part I: Functional Structure and Processes of Interpretatio in the DP/NP

Part II: Grammaticalization and the Diachronic Development of Functional Structure

Part III: Clause Level Structures: Processes of Interpretation and Principles of Organization

About the Editors

Yen-hui Audrey Li is Professor of Linguistics and East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Southern California. Her research focuses on the comparison of grammatical properties in English, Chinese and other East Asian languages. Recent work has considered issues of order and constituency, scope interaction of quantificational expressions, as well as the distribution, structure and interpretation of different types of nominal expressions and relative constructions.

Andrew Simpson is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. His research interests centre on the comparative syntax of East and Southeast Asian languages, and his work addresses issues relating to processes of language change, DP-structure, the syntax of question formation and the interaction of syntax with phonology.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Asian Linguistics

Edited by Walter Bisang, Mainz University, Germany

Asia is the world's largest continent, comprising an enormous wealth of languages, both in its present as well as its eventful past. This series contributes to the understanding of this linguistic variety by publishing books from different thoeretical backgrounds and different methodological approaches, dealing with at least one Asian language. By adopting a maximally integrative policy, the editors of the series hope to promote theoretical discussions whose solutions may, in turn, help to overcome the theoretical lean towards West European languages and thus provide a deeper understanding of Asian linguistic structures and of human language in general.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General