Professor Hongyuan Dong publishes a new book on the semantics of Chinese questions

Semantics of Chinese Questions by Hongyuan Dong
January 17, 2019

Professor Hongyuan Dong publishes his second book Semantics of Chinese Questions: An Interface Approach (Routledge 2018, New York, NY and Abingdon, UK) in the Routledge Studies in Chinese Linguistics series. It is the first major study of Chinese questions, especially wh-questions, within the framework of Alternative Semantics. It takes an interface approach to study the syntax, semantics and phonology of questions and proposes a phonological scope-marking strategy in Chinese questions, based upon experimental data. It also incorporates historical linguistic data regarding the grammaticalization of sentence-final particles such as –ne and –ma to study the formal diachronic semantics of questions. Primarily suitable for scholars in the field of Chinese linguistics, this book makes new theoretical contributions to the study of questions.

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About the series

Routledge Studies in Chinese Linguistics is a state-of-the-art book series showcasing high quality research on the linguistics of the Chinese language. Titles in the series range from seminal classics to cutting edge studies in the field, and comprise both research monographs and edited volumes. Published in English, titles in the series will be of great interest to postgraduate students and scholars in the fields of Chinese language and linguistics.