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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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Verb‐to‐preposition reanalysis in Chinese *

Verb‐to‐preposition reanalysis in Chinese *

(p.194) 12 Verb‐to‐preposition reanalysis in Chinese*
Historical Syntax and Linguistic Theory

Redouane Djamouri

Waltraud Paul

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that in all periods of Chinese, prepositions are distinct from verbs. In contrast to Roberts and Roussou's (2003: 128‐9) claim, prepositions resulting from V‐to‐P reanalysis do not retain the relational status of VPs, given that the external argument position has been pruned (cf. Whitman 2000).

Keywords:   verb‐to‐preposition reanalysis, grammaticalization, modern Mandarin, Shang inscriptions, pre‐archaic Chinese, argument vs adjunct PPs

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