Syllabus, Comparative Grammar of Chinese and English, Spring 2006

Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, National Tsing Hua University


Instructor:     T.-H. Jonah Lin

Office:             C503

Telephone:     (03) 571-5131, ext. 34402




(1)       Class participation: 20%

(2)       A research paper: 80%


Topics to be covered this semester

         Syntactic knowledge

         Constituent structure and structural ambiguity

         Phrase structure rules

         Phrase structure in English

         Subcategorization and selectional restriction

         Phrase structure in Mandarin Chinese

         Typological properties of Chinese sentences

         Words and compounds in Mandarin Chinese

         Transformation in English

         Transformation in Mandarin Chinese

         Subject and tense in English sentences

         Topic and subject in Chinese sentences

         Sentence structure in Mandarin Chinese

         Predicates and complements in Chinese sentences

         Aspects, modals, and adverbials

         The ba-construction

         The bei-construction