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Verb doubling in Mandarin Chinese

  • This article examines two so-far-understudied verb doubling constructions in Mandarin Chinese, viz., verb doubling clefts and verb doubling lian…dou. We show that these constructions have the same internal syntax as regular clefts and lian…dou sentences, the doubling effect being epiphenomenal; therefore, we classify them as subtypes of the general cleft and lian…dou constructions, respectively, rather than as independent constructions. Additionally, we also show that, as in many other languages with comparable constructions, the two instances of the verb are part of a single movement chain, which has the peculiarity of allowing Spell-Out of more than one link.

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Author:Lisa Lai-Shen ChengORCiD, Luis VicenteORCiD
Parent Title (German):Postprints der Universität Potsdam : Humanwissenschaftliche Reihe
Series (Serial Number):Postprints der Universität Potsdam : Humanwissenschaftliche Reihe (629)
Document Type:Postprint
Date of first Publication:2020/05/20
Year of Completion:2012
Publishing Institution:Universität Potsdam
Release Date:2020/05/20
Tag:Mandarin Chinese; cleft; verb doubling; verb movement
First Page:1
Last Page:37
Source:Journal of East Asian Linguistics 22 (2013) 1–37 DOI: 10.1007/s10831-012-9095-6
Organizational units:Humanwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 39 Bräuche, Etikette, Folklore / 390 Bräuche, Etikette, Folklore
4 Sprache / 40 Sprache / 400 Sprache
8 Literatur / 89 Andere Literaturen / 890 Literaturen anderer Sprachen
Peer Review:Referiert
Publication Way:Open Access
Licence (English):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung 2.0 Generic
Notes extern:Bibliographieeintrag der Originalveröffentlichung/Quelle