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New Studies of Space and Quantification in Languages of China

Dan Xu


Space and quantification are among the most fundamental concepts expressed in the world’s languages. They are central to human activities and therefore find their way into languages. However, languages utilize different strategies to express these concepts, and the same linguistic expressions of space or quantification can be used to refer to different concepts. For example, in the classical distinction made by Talmy (1985), a path of motion can be expressed by a verb in “verb-framed” languages such as French, but in “satellite-framed” languages such as English this role is filled by verb particles. Our research, following previous studies of space and quantification, attempts to raise and address the following questions: what variety of space and quantification expressions are found in the world’s languages? What determines whether one strategy or another is used to express space or quantification in a given language? How does language type shape the formation and evolution of these expressions? How do these differences affect a speaker’s worldview, or their ability to learn a different language? What historical processes did space and quantification expressions undergo in a language? A group of researchers from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Europe, the United States and Australia gathered together to share ideas and discuss their progress. The aspects of language to be considered range from phonology and morphology to syntax and semantics, while different approaches include formal, historical, areal (linguistics), typological, cognitive, and second language acquisition. This volume provides general linguistics readers with new data and analysis of languages spoken in China regarding various aspects of space and quantification, using different approaches. It is our hope that this will generate interest and debate on space and quantification in China and beyond.


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Dan Xu (Dir.). New Studies of Space and Quantification in Languages of China. Springer, 2015. ⟨hal-01476829⟩
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