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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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The Old Chinese determiner zhe

The Old Chinese determiner zhe

(p.232) (p.233) 14 The Old Chinese determiner zhe
Historical Syntax and Linguistic Theory

Edith Aldridge

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyses zhe in archaic Chinese as a determiner which selects a nominal or clausal complement and projects a DP. As a determiner, zhe can further serve as the external binder of a gap in its complement, thereby creating a relative clause. Consequently, this analysis offers s a unified account of the seemingly heterogeneous behaviour of zhe as nominalizer, relativizer, or topic marker.

Keywords:   determiner, DP structure, relative clause, nominalization, archaic Chinese

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