Department of English Prof. Ronald Fong’s linguistics paper contributes to the understanding of Chinese and English resultative constructions and how they are related to human cognition

Last updated:01 Aug 2019

Ronald’s new paper – Resultative Constructions in English and Chinese: a functional-cognitive analysis (Linguistics and the Human Sciences Vol 13.3) – aims at providing a novel perspective into the syntax-semantics of the constructions in English and Chinese. It challenges the old doctrine that Chinese resultatives are realized by compounds and emphasizes its interaction with the entire construction and simultaneously, proposes a unified treatment of the counterpart in English, without postulating Chomsky’s Universal Grammar. The core assumption of this analysis lies in the idea that the constructions signal subordination, which traditional treatments do not.  Such an analysis also suggests typological advantages for further research in this area.


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