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Chinese Middle Constructions

Lexical Middle Formation


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

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

About the authors

​Dr. Jiajuan Xiong is currently an associate professor at the School of Foreign Languages for Business, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu, China. Her areas of work include Chinese syntax, Sinhala syntax, synaesthesia and Buddhist philosophy of language. She received the Excellent Ph.D. Thesis award from Hong Kong University. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Chinese Middle Constructions
  • Book Subtitle Lexical Middle Formation
  • Authors Jiajuan Xiong
  • Series Title Frontiers in Chinese Linguistics
  • Series Abbreviated Title Frontiers in Chinese Linguistics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Peking University Press and Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-10-6186-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-13-4821-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-10-6187-5
  • Series ISSN 2522-5308
  • Series E-ISSN 2522-5316
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXII, 290
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Syntax
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