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Grammar in Cross-Linguistic Perspective

The Syntax, Semantics, and Pragmatics of Japanese and Chinese

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Teruhiro Ishiguro and Kang Kwong Luke

In this collection of papers on syntax, semantics and pragmatics, linguists specialising in the study of Japanese and Chinese offer fresh ideas and insights on the theme of grammatical categories and structure from a comparative perspective. Against the background of theoretical developments in recent years and individual studies of Japanese, Chinese and English grammar, the papers in this volume are devoted to new in-depth treatments of distinctive aspects of Chinese and Japanese grammar informed by influential theoretical frameworks of the day, including cognitive grammar, construction grammar, information structure, grammaticalization theory, and linguistic typology. Topics of investigation include compounding, verb complementation, tense and aspect, as well as a range of word order phenomena, such as passive constructions, focus-fronting, and right dislocation.

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TERUHIRO ISHIGURO and K.K. LUKE Preface ..............................................................................................7 YOICHIRO HASEBE A Cognitive Approach to Compound Kango VNPs in Japanese ........................................................................................9 GAO HUA Tag-Questions in Mandarin Chinese ..............................................43 NORIFUMI ITO Information in Discourse and Language as Vehicle of Thought ......................................................................................65 HIDEMATSU MIURA Focus-driven Semantic Reflexivity in Japanese ............................89 WINNIE CHOR From Nonsubjective to Subjective to Intersubjective – a Pathway of Semantic Change in Grammaticalization: the Case of faan in Cantonese ......................................................125 YUTAKA SHINODA Japanese Particle Na as a Marker of the Speaker’s Subjective Judgment ‘Here and Now’ .........................................149 LEUNG WAI-MUN Evidential Particles in Cantonese: the Case of wo3 and wo5 ........................................................................................175 6HAN YANG Tense, Aspect and Verbal Morphemes in Chinese, Japanese and English ...................................................................................205 MASANOBU HORIGUCHI Japanglish in Katakana and a Comparison with Loanwords in Cantonese .................................................................................243 WONG PING WAI Semantic Annotation of Chinese Texts with Message Structures Based on HowNet ................................271 Notes on Contributors ..................................................................301 Table of Contents

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