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Thursday, 18 May 2017 12:26

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) has appointed Lisa Cheng as new member

Lisa Cheng, Professor of General Linguistics, compares Chinese languages with African and European languages. She is known for her analyses of interrogative sentences containing a question word (who, what, where). In languages such as Dutch the question word always comes at the start of the sentence, in Mandarin it never does and in French it sometimes does. Yet they are all the same questions. By comparing different languages, Cheng is aiming to work out the essence of the grammar of human language.  She also coordinates a major European study on all kinds of facets of multilingualism. 

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