Chinese Grammar at Work adopts a cognitive-functional strategy and makes use of a corpus-based technique to ascertain how chinese language syntax emerges from typical discourse context and what the evolving grammar at paintings seems like. during this quantity the writer weaves jointly an array of unpolluted views on clause constitution, buildings, interactional linguistics, cognitive technology and complicated dynamic structures to build a grammar of spoken chinese language. the amount includes discussions of a giant variety of subject matters: contiguity relation, the jobs of fix concepts within the shaping of constituent constitution, non-canonical notice order buildings, pragmatics of referring expressions, classifier structures, noun-modifying structures, verb complementation, ethnotheory of the individual and structures particular to the language of emotion, sequential sensitivity of linguistic fabrics, that means capability in interplay, the character of variability and balance in chinese language syntax from the viewpoint of complexity thought. the result's a quantity that highlights the connections among language constitution, located and embodied nature of cognition and language use, and offers a real entrée to the interesting realm of chinese language grammar.

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