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Frontiers in Chinese Linguistics

Chinese Middle Constructions

Lexical Middle Formation

Authors: Xiong, Jiajuan

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  • Clarifies the distinctions between middle voice and the middle construction
  • It is the first book to apply a parametric approach to the study of Chinese middle constructions
  • Has typological significance by placing Chinese language into lexical middle category
  • Enriches the study of middle constructions in Mandarin Chinese by using dialectal data
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This book defines Chinese middle constructions as generic constructions, with their highest syntactically saturated argument always understood as an arbitrary one. This working definition sets “middle construction” apart from “middle voice” in that it can be instantiated by various constructions in Chinese. By scrutinizing these constructions in the framework of Generative Syntax, the book concludes that their formation takes place at the lexical level, without resorting to any syntactic mechanisms and thus that Chinese falls into the category of “lexical middle languages”, which are in contrast to “syntactic middle languages”.

About the authors

​Dr. Jiajuan Xiong is currently an associate professor at the School of Foreign Languages for Business, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu, China. Her areas of work include Chinese syntax, Sinhala syntax, synaesthesia and Buddhist philosophy of language. She received the Excellent Ph.D. Thesis award from Hong Kong University. 

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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eBook $89.00
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  • ISBN 978-981-10-6187-5
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Hardcover $119.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-981-10-6186-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Institutional customers should get in touch with their account manager
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  • Usually ready to be dispatched within 3 to 5 business days, if in stock
Softcover $119.99
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Institutional customers should get in touch with their account manager
  • Covid-19 shipping restrictions
  • Usually ready to be dispatched within 3 to 5 business days, if in stock
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Chinese Middle Constructions
Book Subtitle
Lexical Middle Formation
Authors
Series Title
Frontiers in Chinese Linguistics
Series Volume
2
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Peking University Press and Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-6187-5
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-6187-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-10-6186-8
Softcover ISBN
978-981-13-4821-1
Series ISSN
2522-5308
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 290
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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