The Cambridge Handbook of Chinese Linguistics

Chu-ren Huang (Editor), Yen-Hwei Lin (Editor), I-Hsuan Chen (Editor), Yu-yin Hsu (Editor)

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The linguistic study of Chinese, with its rich morphological, syntactic and prosodic/tonal structures, its complex writing system, and its diverse socio-historical background, is already a long-established and vast research area. With contributions from internationally renowned experts in the field, this Handbook provides a state-of-the-art survey of the central issues in Chinese linguistics. Chapters are divided into four thematic areas: writing systems and the neuro-cognitive processing of Chinese, morpho-lexical structures, phonetic and phonological characteristics, and issues in syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and discourse. By following a context-driven approach, it shows how theoretical issues in Chinese linguistics can be resolved with empirical evidence and argumentation, and provides a range of different perspectives. Its dialectical design sets a state-of-the-art benchmark for research in a wide range of interdisciplinary and cross-lingual studies involving the Chinese language. It is an essential resource for students and researchers wishing to explore the fascinating field of Chinese linguistics.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages650
ISBN (Electronic)9781108329019
ISBN (Print)9781108420075
Publication statusPublished - 4 Aug 2022

Publication series

NameCambridge Handbooks in Language and Linguistics
PublisherCambridge University Press


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