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The syntax-semantics interface of multi-morpheme motion constructions in Chinese An analysis based on hierarchical scalar structure

Title
The syntax-semantics interface of multi-morpheme motion constructions in Chinese An analysis based on hierarchical scalar structure
Author
백지영
Keywords
Chinese multimorpheme motion construction; Morpheme order; Scale structure; Syntax-semantics interface
Issue Date
2011-10
Publisher
JOHN BENJAMINS PUBLISHING COMPANY
Citation
STUDIES IN LANGUAGE, Vol.35, No.2 [2011], p337-379
Abstract
This study analyzes semantic constraints affecting the order of motion morphemes in Mandarin Chinese multi-morpheme motion constructions (MMMCs, e.g. zou-jin fangji?n 'walk into the room' (lit.) 'walk-enter room' vs. *jin-zou (lit.) 'enter-walk'). We classify Chinese motion morphemes into four types based on recent study on "scale structure". Then, we propose an implicational scalar hierarchy formed by the four types of morphemes that can be used to predict the order of motion morphemes in Chinese MMMCs. Our corpus studies demonstrate that the hierarchy can explain the morpheme order of MMMCs for a comprehensive range of existing natural Chinese data. We anticipate that our scalar hierarchy may be extensible to serial-verb motion constructions in other languages as well.
URI
http://www.jbe-platform.com/content/journals/10.1075/sl.35.2.04lin
ISSN
0378-4177
DOI
10.1075/sl.35.2.04lin
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COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES[S](인문과학대학) > CHINESE LANGUAGE & LITERATURE(중어중문학과) > Articles
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