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Dr. LAW, Paul  (羅振南)

Associate Professor

Contact Information

Office: YEUNG-B7616
Phone: (852) 3442 6426
Fax: (852) 3442 0359
Email: paul.law@cityu.edu.hk
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Research Interests

  • syntactic theory
  • the morphology-syntax-semantics interface
  • Romance and Germanic languages
  • Sino-tibetan languages: Chinese, Naxi
  • Austronesian languages: Malagasy, Tagalog

Teaching Interests

  • Introduction in linguistics
  • Syntax and morphology
  • Language and cognition

Last updated: 11 January 2018

Paul Law studied linguistics at UCLA and MIT. He came to the City University of Hong Kong in 2008, after three years at the Université du Quebec à Montréal, Canada and more than ten years of research at Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft and teaching at the Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany. He has worked on a wide variety of languages including the less familiar languages Haitian Creole, Serbo-Croatian, Bulgarian, Malagasy, Tagalog and the Formosan language Tsou. His current research concentrates on the syntax of Tense in Mandarin Chinese, yes/no questions in the Wuhu dialect, agreement and resumptive pronouns in Breton as well as reconstruction effects.

Selected Publications (in recent 6 years)

Journal Articles

  • 2008    The wh-polarity adverb daodi in Mandarin Chinese. The Linguistic Review 25: 297-345.
  • 2011    Some syntactic and semantic properties of the existential construction in Malagasy. Lingua 121: 1588-1630.
  • 2012    Word-order and argument-marking: Japanese vs Chinese vs Naxi. International Journal of Asian Language Processing 22(3): 107-125.
  • 2013    Word-order and constituent structure in Naxi. Studies in Chinese Linguistics 34, 199-222.
  • 2013    Plurality in Naxi and its typological implications. Journal of Southeast Asian Linguistics Society 6, 87-98. [Joint work with Melody Chang and Qinglian Zhao].
  • 2014    The negation mou5 in Guangdong Yue dialect. Journal of East Asian Linguistics 23, 267-305.
  • 2016 The syntax of Tagalog relative clauses. Linguistics 54(4):717-768.
  • To appear. Syntactic Tense of the comparative syntax perspective. [Joint work with Juvenal Ndayiragije], Linguistic Inquiry.

Book Chapters

  • 2008    The Bulgarian clitic li in questions. In Gerhild Zybatow, Luka Szucsich, Uwe Junghanns and Roland Meyer (eds.), Formal Description of Slavic Languages, 353-370. Frank am Main: Peter Lang.
  • 2010    The impersonal construction in Tagalog. In Raphael Mercado, Eric Potsdam & Lisa Travis (eds.), Austronesian and Theoretical Linguistics, 297-325. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
  • To appear. Preposition stranding. In The Blackwell Companion to Syntax, 2nd edition, edited by Henk van Riemsdijk and Martin Everaert, Wiley-Blackwell.

  • To appear. Quantification in Naxi. In Handbook of Quantifiers in natural language, volume 2, edited by Denis Paperno and Edward Keenan. Springer.


Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics
Postal address: City University of Hong Kong B7704, 7/F, Blue Zone, Lift 3, Academic 1 83, Tat Chee Avenue Kowloon HK
Tel:(852)3442 8705, Fax:(852) 3442 0359 / 3442 0358, E-mail: ctlenq(at)cityu.edu.hk
2008/01/03 11 January 2018 Staff profile page contact Person description:
LAW, Paul Associate Professor paul.law@cityu.edu.hk (852) 3442 6426
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