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Typological Change in Chinese Syntax$
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Dan Xu

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199297566

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199297566.001.0001

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The Rise of Resultative Compounds

The Rise of Resultative Compounds

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(p.146) 4 The Rise of Resultative Compounds
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Typological Change in Chinese Syntax
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DAN XU

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199297566.003.0005

This chapter shows how the Chinese language turned from a verb-framed language to a satellite-framed language. This change is preferred by the V1V2 pattern: V1 was specialized in expressing the start point as an action and V2 in marking the end point. This combination allows resultative verb compounds and aspect markers to rise. Thus, the postverbal position is reserved for aspect markers or elements associated with them.

Keywords:   resultative compounds, Chinese, verb-framed language, satellite-framed language, syntax, verbs

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