A constructional account for DP-Incorporation in Mandarin

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2022

Conference

Title28th Annual Conference of the International Association of Chinese Linguistics (IACL-28)
LocationThe Chinese University of Hong Kong (Zoom)
PlaceChina
CityHong Kong
Period20 - 22 May 2022

Abstract

In Chinese, Duration Phrases (DP) sometimes posit an issue in the structural analysis of the V-DP-de-N sequence. This issue can be illustrated by contrasting DPs with other Quantifier Phrases (QP), for example, (a) 读(了)一天的书 ‘read for one day’ and (b) 读(了)一摞的书 ‘read a stack of books’. While 一摞的书 ‘a stack of books’ in (b) is a noun phrase, the sequence 一天的书 ‘one day of book’ is not a felicitous noun phrase in Chinese. That is, the DP 一天 ‘one day’ in (a) is not a proper modifier of the noun 书 ‘book’, but rather a complement of the verb du ‘read’. This “form-meaning mismatch” issue (Shen, 2007, pp. 7-8) is also referred to as “quasi-attributive structure” (Zhu, 1982). In this study, the structure V-DP-de-N, in which the DP semantically modifies the verb instead of the following N, is defined as a Duration Phrase Incorporation (DP-I) Construction. The cases with attributive reading DPs as modifiers of the object noun (ObjN) are out of the scope of this study. Besides the form-meaning mismatch issue, another noteworthy question concerning this construction is its distinction from a generally acknowledged counterpart, V-DP-N (named as Non-Incorporated (N-I) Construction in this study), such as 读(了)一天书 ‘read for one day’. In terms of form, the two patterns are similar in every aspect except that the N-I Construction does not include a particle de. A naturally following question is: Whether the two constructions of similar form show any distinction in meaning and function?

Research Area(s)

  • DP-Incorporation, duration phrase, form-meaning mismatch, transitivity

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Citation Format(s)

A constructional account for DP-Incorporation in Mandarin. / ZHANG, Xiao-Pei; LIU, Meichun.

2022. Paper presented at 28th Annual Conference of the International Association of Chinese Linguistics (IACL-28), Hong Kong, China.

Research output: Conference Papers (RGC: 31A, 31B, 32, 33)32_Refereed conference paper (no ISBN/ISSN)peer-review