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How is English “and” translated into Mandarin when it is equivalent to the “&” of propositional logic?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gong Yi Si Feb 14, 2014. 9 Replies

[In propositional logic, “&” is a two-place propositional function. Its arguments are two propositions, P, Q that may be true (T) or false (F), and its effect can be defined as follows: If P and…Continue

Tags: two-place-propositional-function, conjunction, and

On pseudo-categories, or why Chinese seems more difficult than it is

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Jenkin Jan 25, 2015. 7 Replies

In what is taken by some to be the best reference grammar of Chinese in English, Yip Po-Ching & Don Rimmington’s “Chinese. A Comprehensive Grammar“(Routledge, orig. 2004), the authors grant…Continue

Tags: le, guo, syntax, pseudo-categories, expository

Does Mandarin orthography ignore the difference between referential and metalinguistic uses of expressions?

Started this discussion. Last reply by zhangmei Jan 23, 2014. 8 Replies

In English and other European languages, words are written differently depending on whether they are used to name their referents or just to refer to themselves. The pronunciation is the same, but,…Continue

Tags: referential-use, metalinguistic-use, use/mention, quotation, orthography

Why is 都 dou called an ‘adverb’?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Thomas Doherty Jan 15, 2014. 43 Replies

In most grammars (in English!) and bilingual dictionaries of Chinese that I have seen (some do not specify category), 都 meaning “all” is categorized as an ‘adverb’. Let’s assume that, in those cases…Continue

Tags: dou, 都,universal, quantifier, category, adverb


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I am a professor of linguistics, but not much of a polyglot. My native language is Spanish, I speak fluent English, some German, and some French, but have so far never tried to learn any non-Indoeuropean language. Understanding how Mandarin works, and perhaps eventually learning to speak it to some extent, seems to me a very healthy intellectual exercise.

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