Chinese as a topic-comment (not topic-prominent and not SVO) language

  • Many linguists in China and the West have talked about Chinese as a topic-comment language, that is, a language in which the structure of the clause takes the form of a topic, about which something is to be said, and a comment, which is what is said about the topic, rather than being a language with a subject-predicate structure like that of English. Y. R. Chao (1968), for example, said that all Chinese clauses have topic-comment structure and there are no exceptions.

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Author:Randy J. LaPolla
Parent Title (German):Studies of Chinese Linguistics: Functional Approaches, ed. by Janet Xing
Publisher:Hong Kong University Press
Place of publication:Hong Kong
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2010/07/13
Year of first Publication:2009
Publishing Institution:Universit├Ątsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2010/07/13
GND Keyword:Sinotibetische Sprachen; Chinesisch
Page Number:15
First Page:9
Last Page:22
Source: ; (in:) Studies of Chinese Linguistics: Functional Approaches, ed. by Janet Xing. - Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2009, S. 9-22
Dewey Decimal Classification:4 Sprache / 40 Sprache / 400 Sprache
Linguistik-Klassifikation:Linguistik-Klassifikation: Syntax
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht