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Grammar in Cross-Linguistic Perspective

The Syntax, Semantics, and Pragmatics of Japanese and Chinese


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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Notes on Contributors TERUHIRO ISHIGURO, PhD, received a doctoral degree in English Lin- guistics from Doshisha University, Japan. He is currently a professor emeritus at Doshisha University. His research interests include the contrastive study of English and Japanese, which he has explored in a theoretical perspective, integrating it whenever necessary with dis- course analysis. In addition, translation studies and English as a for- eign language are among his main research areas. Dr Ishiguro has published extensively on English education in Japan. K. K. LUKE is Professor of Linguistics at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Prior to joining Nanyang he was Professor of Linguistics at the University of Hong Kong, and Head of the Depart- ment of Linguistics from 1997 to 2006. Professor Luke’s research is in the areas of Chinese Linguistics and Conversation Analysis. He has worked on Cantonese phonology and grammar and the interface between language, cognition, and interaction using Chinese and Eng- lish data. Among his publications are Utterance Particles in Cantonese Conversation, Language and Society in Hong Kong, and Telephone Calls: Unity and Diversity in the Structure of Telephone Conversa- tions across Languages and Cultures. (Email: WINNIE CHOR received her PhD in Linguistics from the University of Sydney. She is now Lecturer in English Linguistics and Applied Linguistics at the Open University of Hong Kong. Winnie’s research areas include Conversation Analysis, Semantic Change, Cantonese Linguistics, and the Theory of Grammaticalization. Her research inter- ests lie primarily in the cognitive-functional aspects of language, with a special focus...

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