Frontiers in Chinese Linguistics

Varieties of Alternatives

Focus Particles and wh-Expressions in Mandarin

Authors: Liu, Mingming

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  • Explicitly analyses a variety of linguistic phenomena in Mandarin
  • Includes a combination of theoretical innovations and empirical coverage
  • Explores the role of alternatives in natural language grammar
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This book concerns two focus particles (jiu, dou) and wh-expressions (shenme = ‘what’, na geren = ‘which person’) in Mandarin Chinese. These items are systematically ‘ambiguous’ and have played important roles in various aspects of Mandarin grammar. An idea based on alternatives and varieties of alternatives in particular – following Chierchia’s 2013 analysis of the polarity system – is pursued to account for the systematic ambiguities. The unambiguous semantics of jiu, dou and wh-expressions are maintained and ‘ambiguity’ explained through varieties of alternatives interacting with other independently motivated aspects of the structure they occur in. By examining these aspects in detail, the book will help readers gain a better understanding of a broad range of phenomena that involve these items – including exhaustivity, distributivity, questions and conditionals.

About the authors

Dr. Mingming Liu received his Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 2016 and currently works as an assistant professor at the School of Foreign Languages, Hunan University, China. His work has addressed several aspects of Mandarin grammar: focus particles such as the famous dou “each, all, even, already” and other only-like exclusives, wh-expressions and wh-conditionals, Mandarin conditionals in general and resultative verb compounds. He has published articles in several peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-9

    Liu, Mingming

  • Background

    Pages 11-41

    Liu, Mingming

  • Varieties of Alternatives: Mandarin Focus Particles

    Pages 43-79

    Liu, Mingming

  • More Exclusives

    Pages 81-101

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  • Mandarin wh-Conditionals: Challenges and Facts

    Pages 103-133

    Liu, Mingming

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Varieties of Alternatives
Book Subtitle
Focus Particles and wh-Expressions in Mandarin
Authors
Series Title
Frontiers in Chinese Linguistics
Series Volume
3
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Peking University Press and Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-6208-7
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-6208-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-10-6207-0
Softcover ISBN
978-981-13-4826-6
Series ISSN
2522-5308
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 174
Number of Illustrations
16 b/w illustrations
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