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Rint Sybesma

Professor of Chinese Linguistics

Name
Prof.dr. R.P.E. Sybesma
Telephone
+31 71 527 2529
E-mail
r.p.e.sybesma@hum.leidenuniv.nl
ORCID iD
0000-0002-4366-5809

Rint Sybesma is a professor of Chinese Linguistics at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies.

More information about Rint Sybesma

Research

Main research area: The syntax of the Sinitic and non-Sinitic languages of China.

 

CV

Rint Sybesma was educated in Leiden, the Netherlands (Universiteit Leiden), and Shenyang, China (Liaoning Daxue). He holds MAs in Linguistics and Sinology (1987; Leiden) and a Ph.D. in Linguistics (1992; Leiden). Dissertation: Causatives and accomplishments. The case of Chinese ba.

 

Key publications

  • 2005. "Classifiers in four varieties of Chinese." In Guglielmo Cinque and Richard Kayne, The Oxford handbook of comparative syntax, 259-292. New York: OUP USA. (With Lisa Cheng.)
  • 2004. " Exploring Cantonese tense." In Leonie Cornips and Jenny Doetjes, Linguistics in the Netherlands 2004, 169-180. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • 2004. " Postverbal CAN in Cantonese (and Hakka) and Agree." Lingua 114/4, 419-445. [Special issue on the variation in the syntax of auxiliaries.] (With Lisa Cheng.)
  • 2004. "On the different verbal behavior of auxiliaries." Lingua 114/4, 389-398.[Special issue on the variation in the syntax of auxiliaries.] (With Sjef Barbiers.)

Other publications can be found under 'Publications' (top of page).

 

Teaching

Linguistics courses at all levels in the department of Chinese studies.

Professor of Chinese Linguistics

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies
  • SAS China

Work address

Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 2
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 2.01a

Contact

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Univ Centre for Linguistics
  • LUCL Taalwetenschap

Work address

Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 2
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 2.01a

Contact

  • Sybesma R.P.E. (2021), Voice and little v and VO-OV word-order variation in Chinese languages, Syntax 24(1): 44-77. article in journal
  • Sybesma R.P.E. (2021), Raise is rise+v (rather than rise+Voice), Snippets 40: 7-8. article in journal
  • Lu M., Lipták A.K. & Sybesma R.P.E. (2019), A structural account of the difference between achievements and accomplishments: evidence from Changsha Xiang Chinese, Journal of East Asian Linguistics 28(3): 279-306. article in journal
  • Sybesma R.P.E. (2019), 限定性和汉语主句 Finiteness and main clauses in Mandarin, International Journal of Chinese Linguistics 6(2): 325-344. article in journal
  • Sybesma R.P.E. (2017), Aspect, Inner. In: Sybesma R.P.E., Behr W., Gu Y., Handel Z., Huang C.T.J., Myers J. (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics. Leiden: Brill. Vol I, 186-193 [entry in reference work]. other
  • Sybesma R.P.E. (2017), Chinese in the Netherlands. In: Sybesma R.P.E., Behr W., Gu Y., Handel Z., Huang C.T.J., Myers J. (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics. Leiden: Brill. Vol I, 456-462 [entry in reference work]. other
  • Sybesma R.P.E. (2017), Chinese Linguistics in the Netherlands. In: Sybesma R.P.E., Behr W., Gu Y., Handel Z., Huang C.T.J., Myers J. (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics. Leiden: Brill. 537-743 [entry in reference work]. other
  • Sybesma R.P.E. (2017), Chinese Loanwords in Dutch. In: Sybesma R.P.E., Behr W., Gu Y., Handel Z., Huang C.T.J., Myers J. (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics. Leiden: Brill. 543-546 [entry in reference work]. other
  • Sybesma R.P.E. (2017), Classifiers, Nominal. In: Sybesma R.P.E., Behr W., Gu Y., Handel Z., Huang C.T.J., Myers J. (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics. Leiden: Brill. 620-627 [entry in reference work]. other
  • Sybesma R.P.E. (2017), Complement (and Object). In: Sybesma R.P.E., Behr W., Gu Y., Handel Z., Huang C.T.J., Myers J. (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics.. 645-646 [entry in reference work]. other
  • Reckman H., Cheng L.L., Hijzelendoorn P.M. & Sybesma R.P.E. (Eds.) (2017), Crossroads Semantics. Computation, experiment and grammar. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company. editorship of book
  • Sybesma R.P.E., Behr W., Gu Y., Handel Z., Huang C.T.J. & Myers J. (Eds.) (2017), Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics. Leiden: Brill. editorship of book
  • Sybesma R.P.E. (2017), Finiteness. In: Sybesma R.P.E., Behr W., Gu Y., Handel Z., Huang C.T.J., Myers J. (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics. Leiden: Brill. Vol II, 233-237 [entry in reference work]. other
  • Wolff M. de & Sybesma R.P.E. (2017), Noun Modification. In: Sybesma R.P.E., Behr W., Gu Y., Handel Z., Huang C.T.J., Myers J. (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics. Leiden: Brill. 238-247 [entry in reference work]. other
  • Sybesma R.P.E. (2017), Tense. In: Sybesma R.P.E., Behr W., Gu Y., Handel Z., Huang C.T.J., Myers J. (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics. Leiden: Brill. 281-290 [entry in reference work]. other
  • Sybesma R.P.E. (2017), Word Order, Modern. In: Sybesma R.P.E., Behr W., Gu Y., Handel Z., Huang C.T.J., Myers J. (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics. Leiden: Brill. 589-591 [entry in reference work]. other
  • Otting N. & Sybesma R.P.E. (2017), Yes-no questions. In: Sybesma R.P.E., Behr W., Gu Y., Handel Z., Huang C.T.J., Myers J. (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Chinese language and linguistics. Leiden: Brill. Vol IV, 663-670 [entry in reference work]. other
  • Singhapreecha P. & Sybesma R.P.E. (2016), An ellipsis analysis of split nominals in Thai., Cahiers de linguistique Asie Orientale 44: 57-88. article in journal
  • Cheng L.L. & Sybesma R.P.E. (2015), Mandarin. In: Kiss T., Alexiadou A. (Ed.) Syntax – Theory and Analysis. An international handbook. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. 1518-1559. book chapter
  • Cheng L.L. & Sybesma R.P.E. (2015), Transitive Psych-predicates. In: Li H.Y.A., Simpson A., Tsai W.T.D. (Eds.) Chinese syntax in a cross-linguistic perspective. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 207-228. book chapter
  • Cheng L.L. & Sybesma R.P.E. (2014), The syntactic structure of noun phrases. In: Huang C.T. James, Y.H. Audrey Li, Simpson A. (Eds.) The Handbook of Chinese Linguistics. London: Blackwell Publishers. book chapter
  • Sybesma R.P.E. (2013), Cantonese sin 先 and the question of microvariation and macrovariation. In: Cao Guangshun, Chappell Hilary, Djamouri Redouane, Wiebusch Thekla (Eds.) Breaking down the barriers: Interdisciplinary studies in Chinese linguistics and beyond. Taipei: Academia Sinica. 971-994. book chapter
  • Cheng L.L. & Sybesma R.P.E. (2012), Classifiers and DP, Linguistic Inquiry 43(4): 634-650. article in journal
  • Cheng L.L., Doetjes J.S., Sybesma R.P.E. & Zamparelli R. (2012), On the interpretation of number and classifiers, Italian Journal of Linguistics / Rivista di Linguistica 24(2): 175-194. article in journal
  • Shen Y. & Sybesma R.P.E. (2012), 作格动词的性质和作格结构的构造 Zuògédòngcí de xìngzhi hé zuògéjiégòu de gòuzào (On the nature of unaccusative verbs and the construction of unaccusative structures), Shìjiè Hànyǔ Jiàoxué 2012(3): 306-321. article in journal
  • Hsieh F.F. & Sybesma R.P.E. (2011), On the linearization of Chinese sentence-final particles: Max spell out and why CP moves?, Korea Journal of Chinese Language and Literature 1(1): 53-90. article in journal
  • Crisma P., Marten L. & Sybesma R.P.E. (2011), The point of Bantu, Chinese and Romance nominal classification, Italian Journal of Linguistics / Rivista di Linguistica 23(2): 251-299. article in journal
  • Sybesma R.P.E. (1 October 2010), Het loze van tijdenloosheid (Inaugural address). Leiden: Universiteit Leiden. inaugural address
  • Shen Y. & Sybesma R.P.E. (2010), 句法结构标记“给”与动词结构的衍生关系 Jùfǎ jiégòu biāojì ‘gěi’ yǔ dòngcíjiégòu de yǎnshēng guānxi (The syntactic marker ‘gei’ and the derivational relations in the structure of the verb)., 中国语文 [Zhōngguó Yǔwén] (3): 222-237. article in journal
  • Peng G.Z. & Sybesma R.P.E. (2010), 现代汉语中表偏离义的VA词组Xiàndài Hànyǔ zhōng biǎo piānlíyì de VA cízǔ (Modern Chinese VA phrases with an excessive meaning)., 現代中國語研究 [Gendai Chūgokugo kenkyū] Contemporary Research in Modern Chinese 12(1): 19-29. article in journal
  • Cheng L.L. & Sybesma R.P.E. (2009), De 的 as an underspecified classifier: first explorations, Yŭyánxué lùncóng 39. article in journal
  • Sybesma R.P.E. (2009), Het Chinees en het Nederlands zijn eigenlijk hetzelfde. Houten: Het Spectrum. book
  • Sybesma R.P.E. (2009), Review of Pieter Muysken’s Functional categories (CUP) Review of: (2008) Functional categories, door Pieter Muysken, Nederlandse Taalkunde 14: 402-404. book review
  • Sybesma R.P.E., Djamouri R. & Meisterernst B. (Eds.) (2008), Chinese linguistics in Leipzig. Paris: EHESS. editorship of book
  • Sybesma R.P.E. & Sio J.U.S. (2008), D is for Demonstrative. Investigating the position of the demonstrative in Chinese and Zhuang, The Linguistic Review 25: 253-478. article in journal
  • Cheng L.L., Doetjes J.S. & Sybesma R.P.E. (2008), How universal is the Universal Grinder?, Linguistics in the Netherlands : 50-62. article in journal
  • Sio J.U.S. & Sybesma R.P.E. (2008), The nominal phrase in Northern Zhuang: a descriptive study, Bulletin of Chinese Linguistics 3(1): 175-225. article in journal
  • Sybesma R.P.E. (2008), Zhuang: A Tai language with some Sinitic characteristics. Postverbal ‘can’ in Zhuang, Cantonese, Vietnamese and Lao. [Studies in Language Companion Series 90.]. In: Muysken P. (Ed.) From linguistic areas to areal linguistics. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 221-274. conference paper
  • Hsieh F.F. & Sybesma R.P.E. (2008), 生成语法理论和汉语语气词研究 Shēngchéng yǔfa lǐlùn hé Hànyǔ yǔqì yánjiū (Generative grammar and the study of sentence final particles in Chinese). In: Shen Y., Feng S. (Eds.) 当代语言学理论和汉语研究/Contemporary linguistic theories and related studies on Chinese. Peking: Shangwu Shuju. 364-374. book chapter
  • Sybesma R.P.E. & Li B. (2007), The dissection and structural mapping of Cantonese sentence final particles, Lingua, an International Review of General Linguistics 117: 1739-1783. article in journal
  • Sybesma R.P.E. (2007), Whether we Tense-agree overtly or not, Linguistic Inquiry 38: 580-587. article in journal
  • Sybesma R.P.E. (2007), ). 北方方言和粤语中名词的可数标记 Běifāng fāngyán hé Yuèyǔ zhōng míngcí de kěshǔbiāojì (Markers of countability on the noun in Mandarin and Cantonese), Yŭyánxué lùncóng 35: 234-245. article in journal
  • Sybesma R.P.E. & Cheng L.L. (2006), A Chinese Relative. In: Broekhuis H., Corver N., Huybregts R., Kleinhenz U., Koster J. (Eds.) Organizing Grammar. Linguistic Studies in Honour of Henk van Riemsdijk. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. 69-76. book chapter
  • Djamouri R. & Sybesma R.P.E. (Eds.) (2006), Chinese linguistics in Budapest. Parijs: EHESS-CRLAO. editorship of book
  • Sybesma R.P.E. & Shen Y. (2006), Small clause results and the internal structure of the Chinese resultative small clause, Journal of the Huazhong University of Science and Technology 20(4): 40-46. article in journal
  • Cheng L.L. & Sybesma R.P.E. (2005), Classifiers in Four Varieties of Chinese. In: Cinque G., Kayne R.S. (Ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Syntax. New York: Oxford University Press. 259-292. book chapter
  • Sybesma R.P.E. (2004), Exploring Cantonese tense. In: Cornips L., Doetjes J. (Eds.) Linguistics in the Netherlands 2004. Amsterdam: AVT/John Benjamins. 169-180. conference paper
  • Barbiers L.C.J. & Sybesma R.P.E. (2004), On the different verbal behavior of auxiliaries, Lingua, an International Review of General Linguistics 114: 389-398. article in journal
  • Cheng L.L. & Sybesma R.P.E. (2004), Postverbal 'can' in Cantonese (and Hakka) and Agree, Lingua, an International Review of General Linguistics 114: 419-445. article in journal
  • Sybesma R.P.E., Barbiers L.C.J., Dikken M. den, Doetjes J.S., Postma G.J. & Wyngaerd G. Vanden (Eds.) (2004), Teun Hoekstra: Arguments and structure. Studies on the architecture of the sentence. Berlijn: Mouton de Gruyter. editorship of book
  • Cheng L.L. & Sybesma R.P.E. (2003), Member of editorial staff Glot International 7. editorship of journal
  • Cheng L.L. & Sybesma R.P.E. (2003), Forked modality. In: Cornips L., Fikkert P. (Ed.) Linguistics in the Netherlands 2003. Amsterdam: AVT/John Benjamins. 13-23. conference paper
  • Cheng L.L. & Sybesma R.P.E. (Eds.) (2003), The Second Glot International State-of-the-Article Book. Berlijn: Mouton de Gruyter. editorship of book
  • Cheng L.L. & Sybesma R.P.E. (2002), Member of editorial staff Glot International . editorship of journal
  • Sybesma R.P.E. (2002), Een generatieve inleiding. Bussum: Coutinho. book
  • Cheng L.L. & Sybesma R.P.E. (2001), Member of editorial staff Glot International . editorship of journal
  • Cheng L.L. & Sybesma R.P.E. (2000), Member of editorial staff Glot International . editorship of journal
  • Cheng L.L. & Sybesma R.P.E. (Eds.) (2000), The First Glot International State-of-the-Article Book. Berlijn: Mouton de Gruyter. editorship of book
  • Sybesma R.P.E. & Cheng L.L. (1999), Bare and not so bare nouns and the structure of NP, Linguistic Inquiry 30(4): 509-542. article in journal
  • Cheng L.L. & Sybesma R.P.E. (1999), Member of editorial staff Glot International . editorship of journal
  • Sybesma R.P.E. (1999), Overt wh-movement in Chinese and the structure of CP. In: Wang H.S., Tsai F.F., Lien C.F. (Eds.) Selected Papers from the Fifth International Conference of Chinese Linguistics. Taipei: The Crane Publishing Co. 279-299. conference paper
  • Sybesma R.P.E. (1999), The Mandarin VP. Dordrecht: Kluwer. book
  • Cheng L.L. & Sybesma R.P.E. (1998), Member of editorial staff Glot International . editorship of journal
  • Cheng L.L. & Sybesma R.P.E. (1998), On dummy objects and the transitivity of run. In: Bezooijen R. van, Kager R. (Eds.) Linguistics in the Netherlands 1998. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 81-93. conference paper
  • Cheng L.L. & Sybesma R.P.E. (1998), Yi-wan Tang, yi-ge Tang: Classifiers and Massifiers, Tsing Hua Journal of Chinese Studies XXVIII(3): 385-412. article in journal
  • Cheng L.L. & Sybesma R.P.E. (1997), Member of editorial staff Glot International . editorship of journal
  • Sybesma R.P.E. (1997), Five books on Chinese, Glot International 2(7): 17-19. article in journal
  • Sybesma R.P.E. & Wijngaerd G. van den (1997), Realizing end points: the syntax and semantics of Dutch ge and Mandarin le. In: Coerts J., Hoop H. de (Eds.) Linguistics in the Netherlands 1997. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 207-218. book chapter
  • Sybesma R.P.E. (1997), Take and the theme in Chinese and Kwa. In: Déchaine R.M., Manfredi V. (Eds.) Object Positions in Benue-Kwa. Den Haag: HAG. 169-188. book chapter
  • Sybesma R.P.E. (1997), Why Chinese verb -le is a resultative predicate, Journal of East-Asian Linguistics 6(3): 215-261. article in journal
  • Cheng L.L. & Sybesma R.P.E. (1996), Member of editorial staff Glot International . editorship of journal
  • Sybesma R.P.E. (1996), recensie Review of: Shyu S.I. (1996) The syntax of topic and focus in Mandarin Chinese, Glot International 2: 13-14. book review
  • Cheng L.L. & Sybesma R.P.E. (1995), Member of editorial staff Glot International . editorship of journal
  • Sybesma R.P.E. (1995), Ge- en -le, TABU: Bulletin voor Taalwetenschap 25(4): 198-200. article in journal
  • Sybesma R.P.E. (1995), recensie Review of: Tsai W.-T.D. (1995) On economizing the theory of A-bar dependencies, Glot International 1: 11-12. book review
  • Sybesma R.P.E. (1995), recensie Review of: Xiaobo R. (1995) Syntaxe des constructions passives en chinois, Cahiers de linguistique Asie Orientale 24: 287-302. book review
  • Sybesma R.P.E. (1995), The diachronics of verb-le in Chinese: Where does the perfective semantics come from?. In: Velde P. van de (Ed.) IIAS Yearbook 1994. Leiden: IIAS. 35-44. book chapter

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