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Analogy and Reanalysis in the Postposing of Durative and Iterative Adverbials in the History of Chinese

Title
Analogy and Reanalysis in the Postposing of Durative and Iterative Adverbials in the History of Chinese
Author
백지영
Keywords
analogy; reanalysis; event composition; delimitation; durative and iterative adverbial phrases
Issue Date
2011-08
Publisher
한국중어중문학회 The Chinese Language And Literature Society Of Korea
Citation
중어중문학 The Journal of Chinese Language and Literature, Aug 2011, 49, P.111-143
Abstract
This study attempts to examine both speakers’ motivations for and grammatical mechanisms involved in the postposing of temporal adverbials denoting duration (e.g. santian ‘for three days’) and iteration (e.g. sanci ‘three times’) over the course of the history of the Chinese language. It will point out that durative and iterative adverbials delimit event type, similar to quantized NPs in direct object position (e.g. san ping jiu ‘three bottles of wine’) which have consistently been postverbal. It analyzes how the event delimiting function shared by these temporal adverbials and quantized NPs motivated speakers to align all these structures in the postverbal position. It also discusses that as a mechanism of word order change, situation-delimiting adverbials such as sanci/santian were reanalyzed as pseudo-objects (e.g. jie zhebenshu jie le sanci/santian ‘borrowed this book three times/for three days’) in Early Mandarin, and distinguished syntactically from other purely temporal adverbials denoting frequency (e.g. changchang, ‘often’) or temporal frame (e.g. zai santian zhinei, ‘in three days’).
URI
http://www.dbpia.co.kr/Journal/ArticleDetail/NODE01784048
ISSN
1226-2900
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COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES[S](인문과학대학) > CHINESE LANGUAGE & LITERATURE(중어중문학과) > Articles
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