Diachronic Changes Underlying Synchronic Distribution

Scalar Inferences and Word Order

  • I-Hsuan Chen

Part of the Studies in East Asian Linguistics book series (SEAL)

About this book


This book deals with synchronic variation in Chinese through a diachronic lens, based on the evidence from a quantitative, longitudinal corpus study. Departing from the traditional analysis in diachronic changes in Chinese linguistics, the cognitive constructionist approach employed in this book is able to capture incremental changes by combining syntax, semantics, and pragmatics. Topics such as word order, focus, scopes of quantifiers, information structure, and negation have been important issues in linguistics, but they are rarely integrated as a whole. The book makes their diachronic interactions available to the students and researchers in the fields of general and Chinese linguistics.


Word Order Polarity Items Pragmatic Inferences Mandarin Chinese Focus Synchronic Distribution Scalar Inferences ‘One’-phrases as Minimizers

Authors and affiliations

  • I-Hsuan Chen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chinese and Bilingual StudiesThe Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityHung HomHong Kong

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-0169-8
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-0170-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2522-5103
  • Series Online ISSN 2522-5111
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