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Modern Chinese Grammar - a Clause-Pivot Approach

1st Edition

By Fuyi Xing


640 pages

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Modern Chinese Grammar provides a comprehensive coverage of Chinese grammar through the clause-pivot theory and the double triangle approach, first proposed by Fuyi Xing in 1996.

Translated into English for the first time, the book is widely regarded by linguists as a seminal text, and ground-breaking in linguistics research. The book contains discussion of the topics which are essential to Chinese grammar, from words and phrases, to complex sentences and sentence groups. It addresses such controversial issues as word class identification, the distinction between words and phrases, and between clauses and complex sentences. The book also shows, through a wealth of examples, how the clause-pivot theory and the double triangle approach can be applied productively in grammatical studies.

Modern Chinese Grammar: A Clause-Pivot Theoretical Approach is an essential purchase for researchers and graduate students of Chinese grammar and syntax.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1. The Clause as the Pivot in Chinese Grammar

Chapter 2. The Principles of Clause Formation, Inclusion, and Conjoining

Chapter 3. Functional Assignment, Nucleus, and Clause Patterns

Chapter 4 Subject-Predicate and Predicator-Object

Chapter 5 Attribute–Head, Adverbial–Head, and Head–Complement

Chapter 6 Clause-Specific Features



Chapter 7 Introduction of Constituent Units

Chapter 8 Constituent Words

Chapter 9 Special Constituent Words

Chapter 10 Non-constituent Words

Chapter 11 Phrases

Chapter 12 Problems in Word Class Identification


Chapter 13 Formation of Complex Sentences

Chapter 14 Connectives in Complex Sentences

Chapter 15 Inter-clausal Relations and Patterns of Complex Sentences

Chapter 16 Diversity of Complex Sentence Patterns

Chapter 17 Sentence Groups


Chapter 18 Complex Sentences and Related Issues

Chapter 19 Methodology: The minor triangle

Chapter 20 Methodology: The major triangle

Chapter 21 Methodology: The three adequacies in grammatical studies

About the Authors

Fuyi Xing has won many prizes and honours for his contribution to the study of Chinese grammar in China. His influence is felt internationally, and he is recognized as the founder to logic-oriented Chinese grammar in Russia, and as one of the most important Chinese grammarians of the 20th century in China.

Yong Wang is a professor at the Department of English Language and Literature, Central China Normal University, China.

Fangfeng Dong is a professor in the School of Foreign Languages, Central China Normal University, China.

About the Series

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.

Contributions are welcomed from all areas of linguistic study applied to the Chinese language, including but not limited to phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, discourse analysis, stylistics, sociolinguistics, language and communication, historical linguistics, dialectology, language acquisition, language pedagogy, corpus linguistics, bilingualism and Chinese for specific purposes, etc.

Published in English, titles in the series will be of great interest to postgraduate students and scholars in the fields of Chinese language and linguistics.

If you have a book proposal or idea in mind that might be suitable for the series, please contact the series editor Hongming Zhang of the University of Wisconsin-Madison ([email protected]). For more information on submitting a proposal to Routledge, please visit

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Grammar & Punctuation
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General