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|Other Titles:||The flexibility of Chinese syntax and the theory of syntax|
Theory of syntax
|Source:||当代语言学, 2000, v. 2, no. 1, p. 18-26, 61|
Contemporary linguistics, 2000, v. 2, no. 1, p. 18-26, 61 How to cite?
It is often claimed that the syntax of Chinese is more flexible than that of other languages because it is based on hypotaxis or has a soft rule system. Such an approach can provide an adequate description of certain characteristics of Chinese, but fails to provide a reasonable explanation for the flexibility or necessary constraints to prevent illegitimate structures. This paper is an attempt to use theories of formal syntax and the methodology of modern linguistics to seek an alternative account for the issues. The essence of this approach is that the Chinese syntax system provides more adjunct positions for nominals to move in from their original position. It also sets up more coreferential or predicative possibilities to be determined by discourse or pragmatic factors. The result of the interface interaction is a seemingly flexible syntactic system.
|Rights:||© 2000 中国学术期刊电子杂志出版社。本内容的使用仅限于教育、科研之目的。|
© 2000 China Academic Journal Electronic Publishing House. It is to be used strictly for educational and research use.
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