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Historical Syntax and Linguistic Theory$
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Paola Crisma and Giuseppe Longobardi

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199560547

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560547.001.0001

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Verb‐to‐preposition reanalysis in Chinese *

Verb‐to‐preposition reanalysis in Chinese *

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(p.194) 12 Verb‐to‐preposition reanalysis in Chinese*
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Historical Syntax and Linguistic Theory
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Redouane Djamouri

Waltraud Paul

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560547.003.0012

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 not retain the relational status of VPs, given that the external argument position has been pruned (cf. Whitman 2000).

Keywords:   verb‐to‐preposition reanalysis, grammaticalization, modern Mandarin, Shang inscriptions, pre‐archaic Chinese, argument vs adjunct PPs

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