New Approaches to Word Order and Sentence Structure in Mandarin Chinese

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dc.contributor.advisor Abbiati, Magda it_IT Morbiato, Anna <1985> it_IT 2017-12-13 it_IT 2018-06-22T10:10:15Z 2018-03-26 it_IT
dc.description.abstract Word order (WO) is one of the most fascinating and investigated topics in Mandarin Chinese (MC) linguistics, and many accounts have been proposed on different WO patterns and constructions. However, despite the large amount of research, a number of WO related issues remain rather controversial. Crucially, no unified consensus exists on the relationship between WO and the different dimensions of the language (i.e. semantics, syntax and pragmatics), and on how these levels interact with each other. The present thesis’s aim is twofold: (1) identify the categories that are useful to account for WO patterns and variations in MC; (2) examine in greater depth the syntactic, semantic and pragmatic factors that influence word order in MC, as well as how they interact and impose constraints on possible WO variations. The novelty of the approach lies on three aspects: (i) a typological, comparative perspective that benefits from cross-linguistic investigation of WO phenomena in other languages; (ii) a bottom up approach that avails itself of cross-linguistically validated typological tools (e.g. GR tests, or constituenthood tests) aimed at conducting the analysis on a language-internal basis, and (iii) an empirical approach: the analysis avails itself natural linguistic data, mainly drawn from corpora, and relies on acceptability checks with native speakers. Overall, the thesis highlights that WO encodes information at all levels of linguistic analysis, and that WO patterns and constructions are determined by the interplay of the restrictions at different levels. It also highlights how, for the sake of clarity and ambiguity avoidance, constraints are hierarchically organized, and WO freezing phenomena occur. it_IT
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dc.publisher Università Ca' Foscari Venezia it_IT
dc.rights © Anna Morbiato, 2018 it_IT
dc.title New Approaches to Word Order and Sentence Structure in Mandarin Chinese it_IT
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dc.type Doctoral Thesis it_IT Studi sull'asia e sull'africa it_IT Dottorato it_IT it_IT
dc.description.academicyear 30° CICLO + PROLUNGAMENTI E SOSPENSIONI 29° CICLO it_IT
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dc.thesis.matricno 819933 it_IT
dc.description.note it_IT it_IT it_IT 2019-03-26T10:10:15Z
dc.provenance.upload Anna Morbiato (, 2017-12-13 it_IT
dc.provenance.plagiarycheck Magda Abbiati (, 2018-01-18 it_IT

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