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Encoding EventsFunctional Structure and Variation$
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Xuhui Hu

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198808466

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198808466.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.1) 1 Introduction
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Encoding Events
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Xuhui Hu

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198808466.003.0001

This chapter firstly introduces the broad theoretical background within which the research carried out in this book is situated. The theoretical aim of this book is to develop a theory of the syntax of events, which is based on the constructivist approach, in particular Borer’s (2005a,b, 2013) Exo-Skeletal (XS) model—part of the broader framework of generative grammar. The empirical scope of this book includes Chinese and English resultatives, applicative constructions, non-canonical object constructions and motion event constructions in Chinese, and the satellite/verb-framed typology. Both synchronic variation and diachronic change are studied. The organization of this book is also outlined.

Keywords:   introduction, theoretical aim, empirical scope, syntax of events, organization

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