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Grammar in Cross-Linguistic Perspective: The Syntax, Semantics, and Pragmatics of Japanese and Chinese

Grammar in Cross-Linguistic Perspective: The Syntax, Semantics, and Pragmatics of Japanese and Chinese (Paperback)

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In this collection of papers on syntax, semantics and pragmatics, linguists specialising in the study of Japanese and Chinese offer fresh ideas and insights on the theme of grammatical categories and structure from a comparative perspective. Against the background of theoretical developments in recent years and individual studies of Japanese, Chinese and English grammar, the papers in this volume are devoted to new in-depth treatments of distinctive aspects of Chinese and Japanese grammar informed by influential theoretical frameworks of the day, including cognitive grammar, construction grammar, information structure, grammaticalization theory, and linguistic typology. Topics of investigation include compounding, verb complementation, tense and aspect, as well as a range of word order phenomena, such as passive constructions, focus-fronting, and right dislocation.

Teruhiro Ishiguro is Professor and Dean of the Faculty of English and American Language and Literature, Tokushima Bunri University, Japan, and Kang-kwong Luke is Professor of Linguistics, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Both of them specialise in the interfaces between syntax, semantics, and pragmatics, and have a common interest in grammatical studies of Japanese, Chinese and English from a comparative perspective.

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