09620HSS 330600, Grammar of Chinese, Spring 2008

Graduate Institute of Linguistics, National Tsing Hua University




General information


Instructor: T.-H. Jonah Lin

Time & location: Tuesday 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm; D203

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

E-mail: jonahlin@mx.nthu.edu.tw


Teaching material


1. Handout: Comparative Grammar of Chinese and English, T.-H. Jonah Lin, 2006. [Can be downloaded at http://ling.nthu.edu.tw/faculty/thlin/pdf/Comparative_Grammar_En_Ch.pdf.]

2. Mandarin Chinese: A Functional Reference Grammar. C. N. Li and S. A Thompson. The University of California Press, 1981.

3. Linguistic papers, to be announced in the class.




1. Class attendance & presentation: 20%.

2. Term paper: 80%.


Course schedule


1. General introduction; basic notions of grammatical theory

2. The phrase structure

3. Words and compounds in Mandarin Chinese

4. Transformation

5. The sentence structure: subject and predicate

6. Aspects, modals, and adverbials.

7. Complex sentences

8. The disposal construction

9. The passive construction