The Syntax Of Complex Sentences In Mandarin Chinese: A Comprehensive Overview With Analyses
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AbstractThe aim of this article is to offer a comprehensive overview of complex sentences in Mandarin Chinese and to provide a formal account of their syntax. We will use the dichotomy “adverbial clause vs main clause” in order to refer to the component parts of a complex sentence. This is artificial insofar as the complex sentence qua matrix clause in fact subsumes the adverbial clause as one of its constituents, as is evident when replacing the adverbial clause in e.g., If he doesn’t come, I’ll go there on my own by a simple adverbial NP such as tomorrow: [Matrix Cl Tomorrow, I’ll go there on my own.]. But this terminological distinction allows us to refer to each clausal domain separately and to divide complex sentences into different subtypes according to the relative order of its component clauses: (i) “adverbial clause–main clause,” (ii) “main clause–adverbial clause,” (iii) “matrix subject –adverbial clause–main predicate,” i.e., the case where the adverbial clause appears below the matrix subject and above the matrix predicate.
All Author(s) ListVictor Junnan Pan, Waltraud Paul
Journal nameLinguistic Analysis
Volume Number42
Issue Number1-2
Place of PublicationVashon
Pages63 - 162
LanguagesEnglish-United States
KeywordsComplex sentences, adverbial clause, syntax, Chinese

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