Syntactic Symmetry and Cognitive Hierarchy of Chinese-Thai's "有+NP"


  • Fenglong ZHANG Chinese Language Program, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Prince of Songkhla University, Hatyai Campus, Thailand


Syntactic Symmetry, Container Metaphor, Cognitive Hierarchy


This paper presents a syntactic description and a comparative analysis of the syntactic and semantic aspects of the Chinese-Thai’s "you+NP" structure, using the traditional structural grammar description and the concept of animate/non-animate cognition. The syntactic symmetry, container metaphor, and other related theories are used to demonstrate that Chinese-Thai’s "you+NP" structure both have meanings of large quantity, and can explain a series of related grammatical phenomena.


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How to Cite

ZHANG, F. (2022). Syntactic Symmetry and Cognitive Hierarchy of Chinese-Thai’s "有+NP". Journal of Sinology, 16(2), 69–85. Retrieved from



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