This innovative study on the phenomenon of 'grammaticalization' and
its manifestation in Chinese provides new insights into language
change in Chinese and a large number of grammatical topics.
Grammaticalization occurs in all of the world's languages. Xiu-Zhi
Zoe Wu demonstrates general linguistic principles present and
active in the phenomenon of grammaticalization whilst also
describing the modelling of language in formal theoretical
approaches to syntax; so this book fills two major gaps in the
current study of linguistics. Grammaticalization and Language
Change in Chinese illuminates how studies of language development
and change provide special insights into the understanding of
current, synchronic systems of language. Using patters from
Chinese, the author establishes cross-linguistic generalizations
about language change and grammaticalization. This book should be
of great interest to Chinese linguists and readers interested in
language change in different languages.
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