Lisa Lai-Shen Cheng

List of John Benjamins publications for which Lisa Lai-Shen Cheng plays a role.


Crossroads Semantics: Computation, experiment and grammar

Edited by Hilke Reckman, Lisa Lai-Shen Cheng, Maarten Hijzelendoorn and Rint Sybesma

[Not in series, 210] 2017. viii, 329 pp.
Subjects Semantics | Theoretical linguistics


The topic of this chapter is locatives containing a measure expression (like the English 60 yards behind the palace) in Mandarin and Cantonese. More generally, it is about the structure of locative PPs. The hypothesis in Terzi (2010), which says that locatives are modifiers to an N Place (which… read more
In their article published in this journal, Pan and Jiang (2015) challenge the claims and proposals made in Cheng and Huang (1996) concerning both the distributional patterns and interpretive strategies for donkey anaphora in Mandarin conditional. They claim that all three types of conditionals… read more
Yang, Yang, Stella Gryllia, Leticia Pablos and Lisa Lai-Shen Cheng 2019 Clause type anticipation based on prosody in MandarinInternational Journal of Chinese Linguistics 6:1, pp. 1–26 | Article
Mandarin wh-words such as shénme are wh-indeterminates, which can have interrogative interpretations (‘what’) or non-interrogative interpretations (i.e., ‘something’), depending on the context and licensors. For example, when diǎnr (‘a little’) appears right in front of a wh-word, the string can… read more
Cheng, Lisa Lai-Shen and Laura J. Downing 2014 The problems of adverbs in ZuluAbove and Beyond the Segments: Experimental linguistics and phonetics, Caspers, Johanneke, Yiya Chen, Willemijn Heeren, Jos Pacilly, Niels O. Schiller and Ellen van Zanten (eds.), pp. 42–59 | Article
Adverbs in Durban Zulu appear to have contradictory properties. On the one hand, when they appear with intransitive verbs, they phrase prosodically with the verb, just like direct objects. On the other hand, adverbs which appear with transitive verbs are like typical adjuncts, which are adjoined… read more
Cheng, Lisa Lai-Shen and Laura J. Downing 2013 Clefts in Durban ZuluCleft Structures, Hartmann, Katharina and Tonjes Veenstra (eds.), pp. 141–164 | Article
In this paper, we argue that clefts in Zulu have a bipartite structure: a copular sentence with an adjoined DP/clause. This structure accounts for the prosody of clefts. Each constituent is parsed into a separate Intonation Phrase by the independently motivated phrasing algorithm of Zulu. It also… read more
Cheng, Lisa Lai-Shen 2010 Cantonese as a tense second languageStructure Preserved: Studies in syntax for Jan Koster, Zwart, C. Jan-Wouter and Mark de Vries (eds.), pp. 73–80 | Article
Cheng, Lisa Lai-Shen, Jenny Doetjes and Rint Sybesma 2008 How universal is the Universal Grinder?Linguistics in the Netherlands 2008, Koppen, Marjo van and Bert Botma (eds.), pp. 50–62 | Article
Cheng, Lisa Lai-Shen 2007 Verb copying in Mandarin ChineseThe Copy Theory of Movement, Corver, Norbert and Jairo Nunes (eds.), pp. 151–174 | Chapter
This chapter examines the ambiguity in resultative constructions with verb copying in Mandarin Chinese (resultative de-clauses and resultative compounds) and argues that the ambiguity is the result of two different derivations, which have in common the fact that more than one copy of the verb is… read more
Cheng, Lisa Lai-Shen and Rint Sybesma 2003 Forked modalityLinguistics in the Netherlands 2003, Cornips, Leonie and Paula Fikkert (eds.), pp. 13–23 | Article
Cheng, Lisa Lai-Shen 2000 Moving Just the FeatureWh-Scope Marking, Lutz, Uli, Gereon Müller and Arnim von Stechow (eds.), pp. 77–99 | Article
Cheng, Lisa Lai-Shen and Rint Sybesma 1998 On Dummy Objects and the Transitivity of RunLinguistics in the Netherlands 1998, Bezooijen, Renée van and René Kager (eds.), pp. 81–93 | Article
Cheng, Lisa Lai-Shen, James Huang and Jane Tang 1996 Negative particle questions: A dialectal comparisonMicroparametric Syntax and Dialect Variation, Black, James R. and Virginia Motapanyane (eds.), pp. 41 ff. | Article
Cheng, Lisa Lai-Shen and Hamida Demirdache 1993 External Arguments in BasqueGenerative Studies in Basque Linguistics, Hualde, José Ignacio and Jon Ortiz de Urbina (eds.), pp. 71–87 | Article