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Title: The Syntax and Pragmatics of Anaphora: A Study with Special Reference to Chinese
Written By: Yan Huang
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics 70

This book develops a pragmatic theory of anaphora within the neo-Gricean framework of conversational implicature. Chomsky claims that anaphora reflects underlying principles of innate Universal Grammar, and the view is widely held that only syntactic and semantic factors are crucial to intrasentential anaphora. Yan Huang questions the basis of the Government and Binding approach and argues that syntax and pragmatics are interconnected in determining many anaphoric processes. Furthermore, he proposes that the extent to which syntax and pragmatics interact varies typologically. There exists a class of language (such as Chinese, Japanese and Korean) in which pragmatics plays a central role that in familiar European languages is alleged to be played by grammar. Yan Huang's pragmatic theory has far-reaching implications for this important issue in theoretical linguistics.

Publication Year: 1994
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin
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