Grammar West to East

The Investigation of Linguistic Meaning in European and Chinese Traditions

  • Edward McDonald

Part of the The M.A.K. Halliday Library Functional Linguistics Series book series (TMAKHLFLS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Edward McDonald
    Pages 41-58
  3. Edward McDonald
    Pages 59-72
  4. Edward McDonald
    Pages 93-103
  5. Edward McDonald
    Pages 105-125
  6. Edward McDonald
    Pages 139-161
  7. Edward McDonald
    Pages 163-174
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 257-275

About this book


This book compares the historical development of ideas about language in two major traditions of linguistic scholarship from either end of Eurasia – the Graeco-Roman and the Sinitic – as well as their interaction in the modern era. It locates the emergence of language analysis in the development of writing systems, and examines the cultural and political functions fulfilled by traditional language scholarship. Moving into the modern period and focusing specifically on the study of “grammar” in the sense of morph syntax/ lexico grammar, it traces the transformation of “traditional” Latin grammar from the viewpoint of its adaptation to Chinese, and discusses the development of key concepts used to characterize and analyze grammatical patterns.


Chinese Comparative History Comparative grammar Cross-cultural studies European languages Graeco-Roman Han Studies History of Linguistics Lexico grammar Modern grammatics Modern linguistics Morphology Paradigmatic grammar Syntagmatic grammar

Authors and affiliations

  • Edward McDonald
    • 1
  1. 1.SydneyAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-7595-8
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-7597-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2198-9869
  • Series Online ISSN 2198-9877
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