Increased Empiricism: Recent advances in Chinese Linguistics showcases recent trends in the co-development of theory and empiricism in Chinese linguistics. The volume tackles a wide range of theoretical and empirical problems in multiple subfields including sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, lexical semantics, pragmatics, phonetics and phonology, corpus linguistics, and Chinese second language acquisition. The contributions do not fall neatly into two sections traditionally labeled "theoretical" and "empirical". Rather, theoretical discussions are buttressed by empirical evidence, and empirical analyses lead to theoretical generalizations. Furthermore, the volume transcends the functional-formal division, showing that empiricism not only empowers functional-typological and sociolinguistic research, but can also have a place in formally oriented linguistic analysis.
1. Contributors; 2. Acknowledgements; 3. Introduction (by Jing-Schmidt, Zhuo); 4. Subjecthood in Chinese: Neurolinguistics meets typology (by Bisang, Walter); 5. Characteristic syntactic patterns of Mandarin Chinese (by Wu, Fuxiang); 6. The origins of Sinitic (by DeLancey, Scott); 7. Classifier choices in discourse across the seven main Chinese dialects (by Erbaugh, Mary S.); 8. The painted word: Translingual practices within turn constructional units (by He, Agnes Weiyun); 9. Tone realization in younger versus older speakers of Nanjing dialect (by Chen, Si); 10. Evaluating the emergence of [v] in modern spoken Mandarin (by Wiener, Seth); 11. The semantic constraints on the verb +zhe nouns in Mandarin Chinese (by Chen, I-Hsuan); 12. The semantic type system of event nouns: A case study on huiyi 'conference; meeting' (by Wang, Shan); 13. Semantic reanalysis in grammaticalization in Chinese (by Xing, Janet Zhiqun); 14. How linear distance and structural distance affect the processing of gap-filler dependencies in head-final relative clauses: An eye-tracking study on Mandarin Chinese (by Hsu, Chun-Chieh); 15. Variation in Mandarin Tone 3 Sandhi: The case of prepositions and pronouns (by Wang, Chiung-Yao); 16. The role of instruction in developing pragmatic competence in L2 Chinese: A review of empirical evidences (by Li, Shuai); 17. Author index; 18. Subject index