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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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The Old Chinese determiner zhe

The Old Chinese determiner zhe

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(p.232) (p.233) 14 The Old Chinese determiner zhe
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Historical Syntax and Linguistic Theory
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Edith Aldridge

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560547.003.0014

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 its complement, thereby creating a relative clause. Consequently, this analysis offers s a unified account of the seemingly heterogeneous behaviour of zhe as nominalizer, relativizer, or topic marker.

Keywords:   determiner, DP structure, relative clause, nominalization, archaic Chinese

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