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Xuhui Hu

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198808466

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198808466.001.0001

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Non-canonical objects, motion events, and verb/satellite-framed typology

Non-canonical objects, motion events, and verb/satellite-framed typology

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(p.187) 7 Non-canonical objects, motion events, and verb/satellite-framed typology
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Encoding Events
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Xuhui Hu

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198808466.003.0007

Based on the Synchronic Grammaticalisation Hypothesis and the theory of the syntax of events, this chapter explores the syntactic nature of the Chinese non-canonical object construction. The object in this construction is introduced by a null P, which is incorporated into the verbal head position, and a lexical verb serves as a functional item, vDO. This account is extended to the analysis of the motion event construction in Chinese. It involves the incorporation of a P into the verbal head position filled with a vDO in the form of a lexical verb. The only difference is that this P is phonologically overt. Therefore, the [V+Path] chunk in Chinese is a single lexical item. This means that the Chinese motion event construction by nature patterns with its counterpart in verb-framed languages, a conclusion that goes against the common assumption that Chinese is a satellite-framed language.

Keywords:   non-canonical object in Chinese, motion event construction, P incorporation, verb-framed language, satellite-framed language

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