Single Complementation

  • Yen-Hui Audrey Li
Part of the Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory book series (SNLT, volume 19)


As shown in chapter 1, if we incorporate the notion of abstract Case into the grammar of Chinese, the account of Chinese word order can be simplified significantly. Specifically, the following generalizations can capture a wide range of facts concerning word order in Chinese:
  1. (1)

    The Chinese Word Order Constraint

  2. a.

    Chinese is head-final except under the requirements of Case assignment.

  3. b.

    Case is assigned from left to right in Chinese.

  4. c.

    A Case assigner assigns at most one Case.



Word Order Resultative Expression Embed Clause Matrix Clause Subordinate Clause 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Yen-Hui Audrey Li
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of LinguisticsUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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