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Prosodic Syntax in Chinese

History and Changes, 1st Edition

By Feng Shengli

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258 pages

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In the two volumes of Prosodic Syntax in Chinese, the author develops a new model which proposes that the interaction between syntax and prosody is bi-directional and that prosody can not only constrains syntactic structures, but also activates syntactic operations. All of the facts investigated in Chinese provide new perspectives for linguistic theories as well as the insights into the nature of human languages. The subtitles of the two volumes are Theory and Facts and History and Change respectively, with each focusing on different topics (though each volume has both theoretical and historical descriptive concerns).

In this volume, the author has first introduced the relevant theories and concepts of Metrical Phonology, Prosodic Phonology and Formal Syntax and formulated the Government-based Nuclear Stress Rule in Chinese which can explain how and why Mandarin Chinese sentences are structured in a particular way. It is proposed that prosody can not only blocks the legitimate syntactic structures but also activates the potential syntactic operations. The former can be seen from the ungrammatical sentences that are caused by the inoperable NSR in these structures while the latter can be seen from sentences that are derived from syntactic movements which, however, are operable only when being motivated by prosody.

Table of Contents

Contents

List of tables…………………………………………………………………………..

Preface

List of abbreviations…………………………………………………………………….

Chapter 1 Word Order Change and Stress Shift

Chapter 2 Prosodic Structure and the Origin of Bei Constructions

Chapter 3 Prosodic Structure and the Birth of Ba Constructions

Chapter 4 Prosodically Constrained Localizers in Classical and Modern Chinese

Postscript to the Chinese Edition……………………………………………………….

References

Index *

About the Author

Feng Shengli is Professor of Chinese Linguistics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research interests include prosodic syntax, poetic prosody, historical syntax and exegesis.

About the Series

Chinese Linguistics

Chinese Linguistics series selects representative and frontier works in linguistic disciplines including lexicology, grammar, phonetics, dialectology, philology and rhetoric. Mostly published in Chinese before, the selection has had far-reaching influence on China’s linguistics and offered inspiration and reference for the world’s linguistics. The aim of this series is to reflect the general level and latest development of Chinese linguistics from an overall and objective view.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
FOR003000
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / Chinese
LAN000000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / General
LAN009060
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax