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Xuhui Hu

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198808466

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198808466.001.0001

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Non-canonical objects, motion events, and verb/satellite-framed typology

Non-canonical objects, motion events, and verb/satellite-framed typology

(p.187) 7 Non-canonical objects, motion events, and verb/satellite-framed typology
Encoding Events

Xuhui Hu

Oxford University Press

Based on the Synchronic Grammaticalisation Hypothesis and the theory of the syntax of events, this chapter explores the syntactic nature of the Chinese non-canonical object construction. The object in this construction is introduced by a null P, which is incorporated into the verbal head position, and a lexical verb serves as a functional item, vDO. This account is extended to the analysis of the motion event construction in Chinese. It involves the incorporation of a P into the verbal head position filled with a vDO in the form of a lexical verb. The only difference is that this P is phonologically overt. Therefore, the [V+Path] chunk in Chinese is a single lexical item. This means that the Chinese motion event construction by nature patterns with its counterpart in verb-framed languages, a conclusion that goes against the common assumption that Chinese is a satellite-framed language.

Keywords:   non-canonical object in Chinese, motion event construction, P incorporation, verb-framed language, satellite-framed language

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