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Verb‐to‐preposition reanalysis in Chinese *

Redouane Djamouri and Waltraud Paul

in Historical Syntax and Linguistic Theory

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199560547
eISBN:
9780191721267
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560547.003.0012
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Historical Linguistics

This chapter argues that in all periods of Chinese, prepositions are distinct from verbs. In contrast to Roberts and Roussou's (2003: 128‐9) claim, prepositions resulting from V‐to‐P reanalysis do ... More


The Old Chinese determiner zhe

Edith Aldridge

in Historical Syntax and Linguistic Theory

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199560547
eISBN:
9780191721267
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560547.003.0014
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Historical Linguistics

This chapter analyses zhe in archaic Chinese as a determiner which selects a nominal or clausal complement and projects a DP. As a determiner, zhe can further serve as the external binder of a gap in ... More


Light-Verb Syntax Between English and Classical Chinese

Shengli Feng

in Chinese Syntax in a Cross-Linguistic Perspective

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780199945658
eISBN:
9780190201104
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945658.003.0009
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter studies light-verb syntax in English and Classical Chinese and argues that both languages share a basic structural operation under the VP-shall hypothesis. It is further argued that ... More


The comparative construction in Sinitic languages: Synchronic and diachronic variation

Hilary M. Chappell and Alain Peyraube

in Diversity in Sinitic Languages

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780198723790
eISBN:
9780191791130
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723790.003.0006
Subject:
Linguistics, Language Families, Syntax and Morphology

Synchronically, to express a comparative of inequality, two comparative construction types predominate in Sinitic languages: the Surpass and the Compare types. While the Type I Compare comparative is ... More


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