Yes/No Questions
(4,158 words)

1. Introduction

This article discusses yes/no (y/n-) questions across varieties of Chinese, past and present. For reasons of space, this article is limited to surveying the modern surface structures, without making any attempt to track developmental pathways, chart out semantic or pragmatic distinctions, or review syntactic analyses. Fo…

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Nadine OTTING, “Yes/No Questions”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 19 January 2019 <>
First published online: 2015

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