Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics

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Editor-in-Chief: Rint SYBESMA, Leiden University

Associate Editors: Wolfgang BEHR University of Zürich, Yueguo GU Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Zev HANDEL University of Washington, C.-T. James HUANG Harvard University and James MYERS National Chung Cheng University

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The Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics offers a systematic and comprehensive overview of the languages of China and the different ways in which they are and have been studied. It provides authoritative treatment of all important aspects of the languages spoken in China, today and in the past, from many different angles, as well as the different linguistic traditions they have been investigated in.

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Author(s): Barry YANG
In linguistics, the term “island” generally refers to an extraction island, a syntactic domain that blocks extraction of a certain constituent out of it. For instance, a wh-phrase in English can be extracted across clause boundaries from its original position (marked by “ t”, short for “trace”) in (1), whereas extraction is blocked out of a complex NP (an appositive clause or a relative clause) in (2). We therefore refer to the complex NP of (2) as a “complex NP island”. Similarly, extraction is impossible out of a subject island (a clau…
Date: 2017-03-02