The Establishment of Modern Chinese Grammar

The Establishment of Modern Chinese Grammar : The Formation of the Resultative Construction and Its Effects

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This book investigates historical motivations for the emergence of the resultative construction in Chinese from the following four aspects: (a) disyllabification, (b)adjacent context, (c) semantic integrity, and (d) frequency of co-occurence of a pair of verb and resultative. The author also addresses a series of grammatical changes and innovations caused by the formation of this resultative construction, such as the development of aspect, mood, verb reduplication, the new predicate structure, the disposal construction, the passive construction, the verb copying construction, and the new topicalization construction, all of which together shape the grammatical system of Modern Chinese. The present analysis raises and discusses a number of theoretical issues that are meaningful to various linguistic disciplines like pragmatics, discourse analysis, grammaticalization, and general historical linguistics.show more

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  • Hardback | 276 pages
  • 149.9 x 221 x 20.3mm | 476.28g
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Benjamins (John) North America Inc.,US
  • Netherlands
  • English
  • 1588112039
  • 9781588112033

Table of contents

1. Acknowledgements; 2. Tables; 3. Abbreviations; 4. Stages of Chinese for the sake of grammatical evolution; 5. Transcriptions of the tones in Standard Chinese; 6. Major chronological divisions of Chinese history; 7. 1. Introduction; 8. 2. The resultative construction in Modern Chinese; 9. 3. The sources of the resultative construction; 10. 4. Disyllabification and fusion of verb and resultative; 11. 5. Idiomatization, lexicalization and frequency of collocation; 12. 6. Structure for the fusion of verb and resultative; 13. 7. Semantic relevance; 14. 8. Effects on morphology and word formation; 15. 9. Effects on syntax; 16. 10. Conclusion; 17. References; 18. General indexshow more