Chinese Middle Constructions

Lexical Middle Formation

  • Jiajuan Xiong

Part of the Frontiers in Chinese Linguistics book series (FiCL, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Jiajuan Xiong
    Pages 15-47
  3. Jiajuan Xiong
    Pages 49-133
  4. Jiajuan Xiong
    Pages 135-205
  5. Jiajuan Xiong
    Pages 207-248
  6. Jiajuan Xiong
    Pages 249-265
  7. Jiajuan Xiong
    Pages 267-268
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 269-290

About this book


This book defines Chinese middle constructions as generic constructions, with their highest syntactically saturated argument always understood as an arbitrary one. This working definition sets “middle construction” apart from “middle voice” in that it can be instantiated by various constructions in Chinese. By scrutinizing these constructions in the framework of Generative Syntax, the book concludes that their formation takes place at the lexical level, without resorting to any syntactic mechanisms and thus that Chinese falls into the category of “lexical middle languages”, which are in contrast to “syntactic middle languages”.


Middle Constructions Chinese Parametric Approach Lexical Middle Formation Parametric Approach to Syntax Chinese Syntax

Authors and affiliations

  • Jiajuan Xiong
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Foreign Languages for BusinessSouthwestern University of Finance and EconomicsChengduChina

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Peking University Press and Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-6186-8
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-6187-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2522-5308
  • Series Online ISSN 2522-5316
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