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Count and Mass Across Languages

Diane Massam (ed.)

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199654277
eISBN:
9780191746048
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654277.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Syntax and Morphology

This volume explores the expression of the concepts count and mass in human language and probes the complex relation between seemingly incontrovertible aspects of meaning and their varied grammatical ... More


Acquisition of plurality in a language without plurality *

Alan Munn, Xiaofei Zhang, and Cristina Schmitt

in Merging Features: Computation, Interpretation, and Acquisition

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199553266
eISBN:
9780191720833
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199553266.003.0017
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Theoretical Linguistics

Mandarin Chinese has no marking for either plurality or definiteness on bare nominals, but has a portmanteau morpheme -men which encodes both plurality and definiteness. This chapter shows that the ... More


Verb‐to‐preposition reanalysis in Chinese *

Redouane Djamouri and Waltraud Paul

in Historical Syntax and Linguistic Theory

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199560547
eISBN:
9780191721267
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560547.003.0012
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Historical Linguistics

This chapter argues that in all periods of Chinese, prepositions are distinct from verbs. In contrast to Roberts and Roussou's (2003: 128‐9) claim, prepositions resulting from V‐to‐P reanalysis do ... More


Semantic triggers, linguistic variation and the mass‐count distinction ⋆

Alan C. Bale and David Barner

in Count and Mass Across Languages

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199654277
eISBN:
9780191746048
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654277.003.0013
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Syntax and Morphology

Although most languages allow nouns to be used with numerals to express cardinality, they differ significantly in how they grammatically encode such expressions. Some languages, like English, require ... More


On the Syntax of Topic and Focus in Chinese

Linda Badan and Francesca Del Gobbo

in Mapping the Left Periphery: The Cartography of Syntactic Structures, Volume 5

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199740376
eISBN:
9780199895304
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199740376.003.0003
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This study is dedicated to an analysis of the left periphery of Mandarin Chinese, within the Cartographic Project. It is shown that in Mandarin Chinese there are three different types of Topics: ... More


Conclusion

Thomas Grano

in Control and Restructuring

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780198703921
eISBN:
9780191773082
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198703921.003.0008
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Semantics and Pragmatics

The concluding chapter distills the book’s content into five central themes. The first is empirical: complement control splits into two classes, as evidenced by how a number of properties cluster. ... More


Counting and classifiers ⋆

Lisa Lai‐Shen Cheng

in Count and Mass Across Languages

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199654277
eISBN:
9780191746048
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654277.003.0011
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter re-examines the interpretation of bare nouns in Chinese, and the distinction between count-classifiers and massifiers. Using three different puzzles, it is shown that (a) bare nouns in ... More


Control and Restructuring

Thomas Grano

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780198703921
eISBN:
9780191773082
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198703921.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Semantics and Pragmatics

Relying primarily on data from English, Mandarin Chinese, and modern Greek, this book investigates the intimate relationship that control bears to restructuring and to the meanings of the embedding ... More


Control and restructuring in Mandarin Chinese

Thomas Grano

in Control and Restructuring

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780198703921
eISBN:
9780191773082
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198703921.003.0006
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Semantics and Pragmatics

The functional restructuring approach to exhaustive control is extended in this chapter to Mandarin Chinese. The chapter argues that in Mandarin, exhaustive control predicates instantiate monoclausal ... More


The Fine Structure of Spatial PPs in Mandarin Chinese

Hsiao-Hung Iris Wu

in The Cartography of Chinese Syntax: The Cartography of Syntactic Structures, Volume 11

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780190210687
eISBN:
9780190210717
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190210687.003.0007
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

Spatial Preposition Phrases (PPs) have long posed problems for a uniform analysis of the category P. Following the general cartographic project of mapping distinct functional projections associated ... More


A Parametric Analysis of Nominal Arguments in Classifier Languages

L. Julie Jiang

in Chinese Syntax in a Cross-Linguistic Perspective

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780199945658
eISBN:
9780190201104
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945658.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter discusses three universal properties and two variable properties of nominal arguments in classifier languages, languages with a typically extensive inventory of ‘measure words’ that must ... More


Appositives in Mandarin Chinese and Cross-Linguistically

Francesca Del Gobbo

in Chinese Syntax in a Cross-Linguistic Perspective

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780199945658
eISBN:
9780190201104
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945658.003.0003
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

The goal of this chapter is to lay out a theory for a typology of appositive relative clauses. By studying the characteristics of appositive relative clauses in four languages (Mandarin Chinese, ... More


Transitive Psych-Predicates

Lisa Lai-Shen Cheng and Rint Sybesma

in Chinese Syntax in a Cross-Linguistic Perspective

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780199945658
eISBN:
9780190201104
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945658.003.0008
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter examines stative psych-predicates in Mandarin, which can take objects that are interpreted as the “subject matter.” The chapter shows that the objects are real syntactic objects, and the ... More


Agents in Mandarin and Igbo Resultatives

Alexander Williams

in Chinese Syntax in a Cross-Linguistic Perspective

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780199945658
eISBN:
9780190201104
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945658.003.0011
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

A resultative complex predicate may include an agentive verb, as cut open includes cut. This chapter asks how best to describe variation between Mandarin, Igbo, and English in two features of such ... More


Verbal Answers to Yes/No Questions, Focus, and Ellipsis

Andrew Simpson

in Chinese Syntax in a Cross-Linguistic Perspective

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780199945658
eISBN:
9780190201104
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945658.003.0012
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter considers fragment and particle answer-forms to yes-no questions in Mandarin, Korean, Vietnamese, and English. It is argued that fragment answers in these languages result from movement ... More


Mandarin Pseudo-Imposters

Chyan-an Arthur Wang

in Cross-Linguistic Studies of Imposters and Pronominal Agreement

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199336852
eISBN:
9780199364855
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199336852.003.0008
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter investigates a kind of DP in Mandarin that looks quite similar to English imposters. However, it is shown that the former, which the author terms pseudo-imposters, is structurally ... More


A revision of Talmy’s typology

Víctor Acedo-Matellán

in The Morphosyntax of Transitions: A Case Study in Latin and Other Languages

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780198733287
eISBN:
9780191797804
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198733287.003.0006
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Theoretical Linguistics

The split within the class of satellite-framed languages is further explored. Ancient Greek is shown as behaving like Latin and Slavic, its complex resultative constructions requiring the presence of ... More


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