Clause Combination in Chinese

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BRILL, 1995 - Social Science - 436 pages
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"Clause Combination in Chinese" is an abundantly documented study of composite sentences in Modern Chinese, their semantic properties and syntactic behaviour. It discusses the extent of language variation, the relation between synchrony and diachrony, the nature of grammaticalization, generality and gradience, and the non-uniqueness of syntactic analysis. The first part provides a new categorization of clause combinations and clause connectives. It introduces a class of connectives often combining units larger than the sentence. It also discusses the frequent non-use of clause connectives in Chinese composite sentences. The second part contains case studies of composite sentences with unusual semantic properties, among them a hitherto unrecognized pattern with no English counterpart: adverbial clauses expressing necessity. The book should be of interest to all students of Chinese linguistics and to general linguists concerned with sentence complexity.
  

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Contents

Monocentric and Polycentric Sentences
11
Classification of Clause Connectives
51
in Textorganizing Connectives
108
Nonuse of Clause Connectives
129
Grammaticalization of Clause Connectives
153
Clauses of Necessity
217
The Lack of Counterfactuals
271
Indirect Adverbial Clauses
300
K The Uses of ruguo shud Pt
322
The Use of Clausefinal shift
341
The Function of Clausefinal shi Bf
349
A List of Clause connectives
373
B Name mm vs sudylfftV
380
Primary sources
391
Journals
413
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Halvor Eifring, Ph.D. (1993) in Chinese, University of Oslo, currently holds a temporary position as Senior Lecturer in Chinese in the University of Oslo. He has published on Chinese language and culture, as well as Norwegian slang and dialects. He is one of the editors of the Norwegian cultural magazine "Dyade."

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