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New Perspectives on Aspect and Modality in Chinese Historical Linguistics

  • Barbara Meisterernst

Part of the Frontiers in Chinese Linguistics book series (FiCL, volume 5)

About this book

Introduction

This book presents new perspectives on the study of Aspect and Modality in Chinese Historical Linguistics.  Based on the international Workshop on Aspect and Modality in Chinese, the book includes the latest research findings in the field to make them available not only to specialists in Classical and Buddhist Chinese, but also to researchers and students of general linguistics and of the universals of language. It also discusses different aspects of the AM (Aspect-Modality) and the TAM (Tense-Aspect-Modality) system of Chinese. It provides a comprehensive overview of both of the universally related systems of aspect and modality. The first part of the book focuses on aspectual features of Chinese; these include basic studies on the syntactic representation of the aspectual structure of the verb phrase in Archaic Chinese, the aspectual function of different object constructions and their development, temporal features of the verb phrase, and the aspectual functions of no minalization processes. The second part includes articles highlighting different aspects of the modal system or the interplay between tense, aspect and modality in Chinese, including a survey on the history of studies on modality in Chinese and the modal and temporal aspectual/markers indicating future meanings, a specialized study on modal deontic verbs in the Buddhist Vinaya texts, the modal function of rhetorical questions in Buddhist Chinese, and a study on the diachronic development of the aspectual and modal system in Chinese.

Keywords

Aspect-Modality Interface Classical Chinese Buddhist Chinese Historical Linguistics Language Typology Linguistic Universals Semantics Syntax Aspect Modality

Editors and affiliations

  • Barbara Meisterernst
    • 1
  1. 1.National Tsing Hua University, Institute of LinguisticsHsinchuTaiwan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-1948-8
  • Copyright Information Peking University Press and Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-1947-1
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-1948-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2522-5308
  • Series Online ISSN 2522-5316
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