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Grammar in Cross-Linguistic Perspective

The Syntax, Semantics, and Pragmatics of Japanese and Chinese

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Edited By 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

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7TERUHIRO ISHIGURO / K.K. LUKE Preface The idea of making a collection of papers on the study of syntax, semantics and pragmatics in Japanese and Chinese was first con- ceived in 2005, when, as part of a student exchange programme, the second editor led a delegation of students of the University of Hong Kong on a visit to Tokushima Bunri University. The two editors had already known each other for many years, but it was on this occasion that they first had a serious discussion of the possibility of a book publication, as a way of adding an element of research and intellec- tual interflow to the enrichment of students’ educational experiences. A year later, the two editors were able to construct a firm plan to set the book project in motion. The concept of a joint publication was also deemed particularly feasible and attractive due to a shared interest between the teachers of the two universities on the empirical study of spoken language and the exploration of grammatical phenomena from a variety of new theo- retical perspectives. The discerning reader will no doubt find within the covers of this book ample evidence of the study of Japanese and Chinese grammar using new methods and insights from such fields as Cognitive Grammar, Information Structure, Natural Language Pro- cessing and Conversation Analysis. According to the original plan, the book was scheduled to come out in 2008. However, due to the second editor’s relocation from Hong Kong to Singapore, the book has...

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