1st Edition

Modern Chinese Complex Sentences

    1112 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book is a four-volume study on modern Chinese complex sentences, giving an overview and detailed analysis on the key attributes and three major types of this linguistic unit.
    Complex sentences in modern Chinese are unique in formation and meaning. The author proposes a tripartite classification of Chinese complex sentences according to the semantic relationships between the clauses, i.e., coordinate, causal, and adversative. The first volume defines Chinese complex sentences and makes detailed comparisons between the tripartite and dichotomous systems for the classification of complex sentences. It then thoroughly investigates causal complex sentences in their eight typical forms. The second volume analyses the coordinated type in the broad sense and the relevant forms, while the third focuses on adversative type, examining the major forms and implications for research and language teaching. The final volume looks into attributes of Chinese complex sentences as a whole, discussing the constituents, related sentence forms, and semantic and pragmatic relevance of complex sentences.
    The book will be a useful reference for scholars and learners of the Chinese language interested in Chinese grammar and language information processing.

    Volume 1  Part I: Overview  1. Complex sentences and classifications  2. Connectives in complex sentences 3. Tripartite classification of Chinese complex sentences  Part II: Complex sentences of the causal type and relevant forms  4. “yīnwèi p, suǒyǐ q” and the relevant forms  5. “yīn p, yīn q” in Dream of the Red Chamber  6. “rúguǒ p, jiù q” and relevant forms  7. “zhǐyǒu p, cái q” and relevant forms  8. “zhǐyào p, jiù q” and “rúguǒ p, jiù q”  9. “yàobùshì p, jiù q”  10. “p, yǐbiàn q” and relevant forms  11. "yǔqí p, bùrú q”  Volume 2  1. “jì p, yòu q” and the Relevant Forms  2. Paired Occurrence and Single Occurrence of Connective yībiān  3. "p, jiēzhe q" and the Relevant Forms  4. "bùdàn p, érqiě q" and the Relevant Forms  5. "(huòzhě) p, huòzhě q" and the Relevant Forms  6. "yàome p, yàome q" and the Relevant Forms  7. Variants of "yī p, jiù qVolume 3  1. “p, dànshì q” and relevant forms  2. “p, fŏuzé q” and relevant formats  3. Occurrence of dàn or Its Synonym in “jì  p, yòu q” and Relevant Forms  4. Occurrence of dàn or its synonym in “wúlùn p, do­u q"  5. Occurrence of què in "jì rán p, jiù q"  6. Occurrence of què in "rúguŏ shuo p, nàme q"  7. Occurrence of què in "yuè p, yuè q"  8. "bùdàn bù p, făn'ér q" and its adversative relationship  9. Progressive gèng-sentences and adversative gèng-sentences  10. Factive "jíshi  p, ye q"  11. Investigation into concessive complex sentence forms  12. Outline of Adversative Sentence Forms  Volume 4  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.