1st Edition

Modern Chinese Complex Sentences IV General Review

By XING Fuyi Copyright 2023
    308 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book is the final volume of a four-volume set on modern Chinese complex sentences, assessing the key attributes, related sentence structures, and semantic and pragmatic relevance of complex sentences.

    Complex sentences in modern Chinese are unique in formation and meaning. Following on from analysis on coordinate, causal and adversative types of complex sentences, the ten chapters in this volume review the characteristics of complex sentences as a whole. The author discusses the constituents, related structures, semantic and pragmatic aspects of complex sentences, covering topics such as the constraints and counter-constraints between sentence forms and semantic relationships, six type-crossover markers, distinctions between simple sentences and complex sentences, clauses formed by a noun/nominal phrase followed by le, the shǐ-structure, subject ellipsis or tacit understanding of clauses, as well as double-subject sentences, alternative question groups and their relationships with complex sentences.

    The book will be a useful reference for scholars and learners interested in Chinese grammar and language information processing.

    1. Counter-constraints of complex sentence form on semantic relationships 2. Sentences containing type crossover markers 3. Distinctions and Confusion between Simple Sentences and Complex Sentences 4. “Attribute + Noun” Structure acting as a clause 5. “NP le” acting as a clause 6. Double-subject sentences related to complex sentences 7. Subject Ellipsis and Tacit Subject in Posterior Clause 8. shǐ-sentences with a tacit subject 9. Alternative Question Groups: Beyond the Scope of Complex Sentences (Case Study 1) 10. Alternative Question Group Introduced by a Co-referential Special Question: Beyond the Scope of Complex Sentences (Case Study 2)


    XING Fuyi is a renowned Chinese linguist and a senior professor at Central China Normal University. He has been devoted to the studies of modern Chinese grammar and has initiated the clause-pivotal approach for modern Chinese grammar studies. His other major publications include Modern Chinese Grammar: A Clause-Pivot Approach and Three Hundred Qs & As about Chinese Grammar.