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.

[Studies in Language Companion Series, 59]  2002.  xiv, 262 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
x
Tables
xii
Abbreviations
xiii
Stages of Chinese for the sake of grammatical evolution
xiv
Transcriptions of the tones in Standard Chinese
xiv
Major chronological divisions of Chinese history
xiv
1. Introduction
1–27
2. The resultative construction in Modern Chinese
28–43
3. The sources of the resultative construction
44–67
4. Disyllabification and fusion of verb and resultative
68–100
5. Idiomatization, lexicalization and frequency of collocation
101–127
6. Structure for the fusion of verb and resultative
128–154
7. Semantic relevance
155–176
8. Effects on morphology and word formation
177–202
9. Effects on syntax
203–227
10. Conclusion
228–245
References
246–256
General index
257–262
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