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《Journal of Foreign Languages》 1998-01
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Front weight principle and end weight principle in syntactic structures — A contrastive study on word order in Chinese and English

Jin Jiling  
Through a systematic survey of the three levels of the syntactic structure in Chinese —— levels of phrase, simple sentence and complex sentence, this paper proves that there is a strong tendency of weight fronting in Chinese syntactic structure and, hence, proposes that the structural principle influencing the linear word ordering in modern Chinese should be the “front weight”principle. By contrast with English, this paper depicts the differences existing in word order of the two languages.
【CateGory Index】: H314.3,H314.3
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