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Chinese as Satellite-framed – a Constructional-cognitive Interpretation
Ronald Fong
2016
Source PublicationCognitive Linguistic Studies
ISSN2213–8722
Volume3Issue:2Pages:233 - 258
Abstract

This article defends the position taken by Talmy that Mandarin Chinese is satellite-framed, and thus argues against Slobin and Chen and Guo that Mandarin is ‘equipollently-framed’. The approach we take is constructional and cognitive in that we draw insights from Construction Grammar and Cognitive Grammar, though it is not restricted to either of them. A more unconventional view of the clause structure in Chinese is first presented, examining the so-called ‘complex sentences’ from a cognitive perspective. The consequence of this view is that the notion of ‘equipollent-framed language’ for Chinese can be abandoned and thus tidying up Talmy’s original typology. It is further argued that the constructionalcognitive view of Chinese captures the structural intuitions more appropriately than a traditional generative account, and that the motion-directional structure in Chinese has been constructionalized to the extent that individual verbs in the construction merge but produce a structure with more than their total properties.

KeywordSatellite-framed Equipollently-framed Constructionalization Catenative Motion-directional Construction
DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1075/cogls.3.2.03fon
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CollectionDEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH
Corresponding AuthorRonald Fong
AffiliationDepartment of English, University of Macau
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
Corresponding Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Ronald Fong. Chinese as Satellite-framed – a Constructional-cognitive Interpretation[J]. Cognitive Linguistic Studies,2016,3(2):233 - 258.
APA Ronald Fong.(2016).Chinese as Satellite-framed – a Constructional-cognitive Interpretation.Cognitive Linguistic Studies,3(2),233 - 258.
MLA Ronald Fong."Chinese as Satellite-framed – a Constructional-cognitive Interpretation".Cognitive Linguistic Studies 3.2(2016):233 - 258.
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