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The Resultative constructions in English and Chinese: A functional-cognitive analysis; The Resultative constructions in English and Chinese: A functional-cognitive analysis
Ronald Fong
2019 ; 2019
Source PublicationLINGUISTICS AND THE HUMAN SCIENCES ; LINGUISTICS AND THE HUMAN SCIENCES
ISSN1742-2906 ; 1742-2906
Volume13Issue:3Pages:241-263
Abstract

This paper investigates the interaction between verbal and constructional properties of the resultative constructions in English and Chinese. The choice of this structure brings out the important interface between syntax and semantics. The resultative in both English and Chinese is argued to be a construction larger than a single compound, and this is more controversial in Chinese because almost all linguists will treat the resultative such as da si ‘hit die’ as a compound. In particular, the construction is treated as subordination implied by the Deranking Hierarchy (Cristofaro, 2003) and a mini-construction in the sense of Construction Grammar (Goldberg, 1995; Boas, 2004). Simultaneously, the resultative is taken to be a highly transitive structure (Hopper and Thompson, 1980; Cheng and Huang, 1994). Finally, we will argue along Fauconnier’s (1997: 173) observation that ‘grammatical constructions are blends, which are entrenched but evolve diachronically’, which seems to be the case of the resultative construction in Chinese.

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This paper investigates the interaction between verbal and constructional properties of the resultative constructions in English and Chinese. The choice of this structure brings out the important interface between syntax and semantics. The resultative in both English and Chinese is argued to be a construction larger than a single compound, and this is more controversial in Chinese because almost all linguists will treat the resultative such as da si ‘hit die’ as a compound. In particular, the construction is treated as subordination implied by the Deranking Hierarchy (Cristofaro, 2003) and a mini-construction in the sense of Construction Grammar (Goldberg, 1995; Boas, 2004). Simultaneously, the resultative is taken to be a highly transitive structure (Hopper and Thompson, 1980; Cheng and Huang, 1994). Finally, we will argue along Fauconnier’s (1997: 173) observation that ‘grammatical constructions are blends, which are entrenched but evolve diachronically’, which seems to be the case of the resultative construction in Chinese.

KeywordConstruction Mental Space Resultative Construction Mental Space Resultative
DOIhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1558/lhs.20162 ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1558/lhs.20162
Language英语 ; 英语
WOS Research AreaLinguistics ; Linguistics
WOS SubjectLanguage & Linguistics ; Language & Linguistics
WOS IDWOS:000477748300003 ; WOS:000477748300003
PublisherEQUINOX PUBLISHING LTD, 415, THE WORKSTATION, 15 PATERNOSTER ROW, SHEFFIELD, S1 2BX, ENGLAND ; EQUINOX PUBLISHING LTD, 415, THE WORKSTATION, 15 PATERNOSTER ROW, SHEFFIELD, S1 2BX, ENGLAND
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CollectionDEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH
Corresponding AuthorRonald Fong
AffiliationUniversity of Macau
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
Corresponding Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Ronald Fong. The Resultative constructions in English and Chinese: A functional-cognitive analysis, The Resultative constructions in English and Chinese: A functional-cognitive analysis[J]. LINGUISTICS AND THE HUMAN SCIENCES, LINGUISTICS AND THE HUMAN SCIENCES,2019, 2019,13, 13(3):241-263, 241-263.
APA Ronald Fong.(2019).The Resultative constructions in English and Chinese: A functional-cognitive analysis.LINGUISTICS AND THE HUMAN SCIENCES,13(3),241-263.
MLA Ronald Fong."The Resultative constructions in English and Chinese: A functional-cognitive analysis".LINGUISTICS AND THE HUMAN SCIENCES 13.3(2019):241-263.
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