Semantics of Chinese Questions: An Interface Approach

Author:   Hongyuan Dong
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN:  

9781138496484


Pages:   180
Publication Date:   13 December 2018
Format:   Hardback
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Semantics of Chinese Questions is the first major study of Chinese questions, especially wh-questions, within the framework of Alternative Semantics. It takes an interface approach to study the syntax, semantics, and phonology of questions and proposes a phonological scope-marking strategy in Chinese questions, based upon experimental data. It also incorporates historical linguistic data regarding the grammaticalization of sentence-final particles such as -ne and -ma to study the formal diachronic semantics of questions. Primarily suitable for scholars in the field of Chinese linguistics, this book makes new theoretical contributions to the study of questions.

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Author:   Hongyuan Dong
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint:   Routledge
Weight:   0.454kg
ISBN:  

9781138496484


ISBN 10:   1138496480
Pages:   180
Publication Date:   13 December 2018
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Tertiary & Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Table of Contents

List of illustrations Preface Acknowledgements List of symbols List of abbreviations Chapter 1 Introduction Main ideas Questions and Chinese questions The meaning of questions Inquisitive semantics Chapter overview Chapter 2 LF Movement and Binding in Chinese Questions 2.1 Chinese wh-in-situ 2.2 The LF movement theory 2.3 The binding theory 2.4 The status of the particle -ne 2.5 The diachronic semantics of the particle -ne Chapter 3 Alternative Semantics of Questions in Chinese 3.1 The alternative semantics theory 3.2 Manner and causal wh-questions 3.3 Verbal zenme questions 3.4 A-not-A questions 3.5 Alternative questions 3.6 Polar questions 3.7 The grammaticalization of the particle -ma 3.8 Alternative semantics and inquisitive semantics Chapter 4 Scope Marking of Questions by Phonological Prominence 4.1 Scope marking of questions phonologically in Chinese 4.2 Experimental data for the scope-marking strategy 4.3 Cross-linguistic comparisons of scope marking of wh-questions 4.4 Focus and wh-pronouns 4.5 Scope isomorphism of focus and its computational derivation Chapter 5 Revisiting the Argument-Adjunct Asymmetry 5.1 Argument-adjunct asymmetry of Chinese wh-in-situ 5.2 The nominal-adverbial asymmetry 5.3 Operator movement and its problems 5.4 A correlational account of island sensitivity 5.5 A phonological reason for adjoining to scope positions 5.6 Island constraints of A-not-A questions explained Chapter 6 A Distributional Account of Existential Wh-indefinites 6.1 Distributions of interrogative and existential wh-indefinites 6.2 Alternative semantics and existential readings of wh-indefinites 6.3 Syntactic and phonological factors that disfavor existential readings 6.4 Pragmatic reasoning and licensors of existential readings 6.5 Scope variability of Chinese existential wh-indefinites Chapter 7 Concluding Remarks 7.1 Theoretical contributions of the interface approach 7.2 Limitations and further research directions Appendix References Index

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Hongyuan Dong is Assistant Professor of Chinese Language and Linguistics in the Department of East Asian Languages & Literatures at the George Washington University.

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