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24.943 Syntax of a Language (Family): Chinese

24.943 Syntax of a Language (Family)
Noah Constant
W 12-3 32-D461

This course explores a range of topics at the syntax/semantics interface within the Chinese language family, with special attention to Mandarin. Topics include:

– classifiers and structure of NP
– positioning of nominal modifiers
– quantification and scope-rigidity
– topics and topic-prominence
– focus constructions and clefts
– yes-no and alternative questions
– sentence-final particles

Participants will give in-class presentations of one or more assigned readings, and will write a short final paper.