Zhu, Yongping Books

Dr. Zhu is a Croft Assistant Professor of Chinese in the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Mississippi. Dr. Zhu holds a Ph.D in Chinese Linguistics from the University of Minnesota.

Linguistic Analysis of Meaning and Syntactic Change in the Grammaticalization of Chinese Prepositions: Charting the Constraints of Locality on Language Development Through Three Millennia of Chinese Documents
2010 0-7734-1470-3
The Chinese prepositions which have developed from verbs possess both verbal and prepositional functions. This amphibious nature of Chinese preposition is the result of the evolution of the Chinese language, and preserves the rich information of language change. This unique feature of Chinese prepositions has attracted many linguists to describe and explain the changes of Chinese prepositions. This book is a description and explanation of the development of Chinese prepositions from both diachronic and synchronic perspectives.