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Old Chinese Syntax: The Left Periphery

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Author(s): Derek HERFORTH
This lemma expands on the information provided in the complementary account by Aldridge (Old Chinese Syntax: Basic Word Order), which addresses a Greenberg-style concept of “basic phrase order” (viz. VO vs. OV), citing data from major clausal (e.g., questions) and phrasal constructions (NP modification, nominalizations, etc.). Here, we elaborate on that description of Old Chinese phrase ordering, decoupling it from Greenbergian concerns to treat other areas of the syntax, those concerned with re…
Date: 1899-12-30