Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Applied Linguistics and University Honors
Chinese, Word Order, Preposition, SVO, SOV, Language Universals
In this paper, the issue of Chinese word order is weighed, and findings in the field are presented. First, looking into the historical background and offering a brief introduction to Greenberg's linguistic universals, I will break apart various arguments concerning the word order in Chinese. I will examine many sources, albeit the focus will rest heavily on Sandra Li and Charles Thomson's SOV argument and Timothy Gívon and Chaofen Sun's SVO argument. The two sides of this argument are considered regarding X-bar theory, constituent test, morphological limitations, and syntax.
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Tennison, Shelley E., "Chinese Word Order: A Look Into SVO and SOV Arguments" (2022). University Honors Theses. Paper 1186.