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date: 23 January 2020

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In terms of word order typology, Mandarin Chinese is undoubtedly a VO language. Syntactically, however, Mandarin Chinese exhibits some word order patterns that are unattested in other VO languages as well as some syntactic constructions that are rather rare among other languages of the world. From the perspective of language universality and specificity, this chapter explores several idiosyncratic and cross-linguistically unusual syntactic patterns in Mandarin Chinese in an attempt to identify some Chinese-specific structures. This chapter addresses the syntactic patterns of (i) some typologically idiosyncratic word order patterns in Mandarin Chinese and (ii) some cross-linguistically unusual syntactic constructions in Mandarin Chinese.

Keywords: typology, word order patterns, Mandarin Chinese, syntactic patterns, syntactic constructions, Chinese-specific structures

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