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    • Control and raising passives, and why Mandarin does not smuggle 

      Liu, Na; Huang, C.-T. James James (Springer Nature, 2016)
      Collins (Syntax 8:81–120, 2005) proposes a smuggling approach to English passives that solves some problems associated with the traditional analysis. This article will show that while English passives involve smuggling, ...
    • Interpreting Questions with Non-Exhaustive Answers 

      Xiang, Yimei (2016-05-17)
      This dissertation investigates a variety of issues on question semantics, especially the interpretations of mention-some questions, multiple-wh questions, and questions with quantifiers. Chapter 1 discusses some basic ...
    • Lexical Decomposition, Silent Categories, and the Localizer Phrase 

      Huang, C.-T. James James (Peking University Press, 2009-10-21)
    • A Modular Theory of Radical Pro Drop 

      Liu, Chi-Ming Louis (2014-06-06)
      Mandarin Chinese is said to be a radical pro-drop language, in the sense that verbal arguments in this language can be dropped rather freely. However, in this dissertation, I show that the omission of arguments in Mandarin ...
    • A new passive form in Mandarin: Its syntax and implications 

      Huang, C.-T. James; Liu, Na (John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2014)
      This paper discusses the syntax, semantics and historical source of the new bèi XX construction in Mandarin from a cross-linguistic perspective. We argue that bèi XX is not a special construction that involves the passivization ...
    • Nominal Arguments and Language Variation 

      Jiang, Li (2013-02-15)
      This dissertation investigates nominal arguments in classifier languages (ClLs). There are two main goals. The first is to explore what is constant and what varies in the way ClLs form nominal arguments. The second goal ...
    • On Ta De Laoshi Dang-de Hao ‘He Teaches Well’ and Related Problems 

      Huang, C.-T. James James (Ke xue chu ban she, 2008)
      Modern Chinese exhibits a number of apparent syntax-semantics mismatches, giving rise to many examples with ‘fake possessives’ and ‘fake nominal quantifiers’, which pose non-trivial problems for a theory of syntax-semantics ...
    • Resultatives and Unaccusatives: A Parametric View 

      Huang, C.-T. James James (The Chinese Linguistic Society of Japan, 2006)
      This paper capitalizes on two peculiar properties of Mandarin Chinese resultative constructions that pose problems for a general theory of argument structure and parametric theory: (a) the widespread existence of unergative ...
    • Split Intransitivity in Ranmo 

      Lee, Jenny Soyeon (2016-05-17)
      This dissertation brings novel data from Ranmo, an endangered Papuan language, to bear on the phenomenon of split intransitivity, the comparatively understudied type of split ergativity (cf. aspectual and person-based ...
    • Toward a Theory of Mandarin Quantification 

      Tsai, Cheng-Yu (2015-05-20)
      The goal of this dissertation is to show that certain puzzles in the syntax and semantics of Mandarin quantification can be explained from the perspective of Hamblin semantics. Following Kratzer and Shimoyama (2002), it ...
    • Variations in Non-Canonical Passives 

      Huang, C.-T. James James (John Benjamins, 2013)
      This paper shows that non-canonical passives (like English get- and Chinese bei-passives) exhibit a chameleonic character that makes them amenable to a control and/or a raising analysis – depending on context and lexical ...
    • 新兴非典型被动式“被 XX” 的句法与语义结构 (The syntax and semantics of the new non-canonical bei (被) XX construction. 

      Huang, C.-T. James James; Liu, Na (2014)
      提要 本文讨论新兴非典型“被 XX”结构的句法、语义特征及历史来源并进行跨 语言的比较研究。本文认为这种“新生”结构不是一个将不及物动词被动化的特殊 句法结构,而是一些隐含了使动、意动或施动成分的轻动词结构。受到被动化的动 词不是 XX 本身,而是其所隐含的无声轻动词。类似的隐含动词结构也大量见于古 汉语、英语等语言,不同的是,现代汉语的“被 XX”结构不能还原为主动形式。 本文将这一不同归因于综合性语言与分析性语言之间的不同,并以“派生时机参 ...