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The Chinese ba as a Verb: A Constructional-Cognitive Approach
Ronald Fong
Source PublicationOpen Journal of Modern Linguistics

Although there have been various studies on the Chinese ba-construction, this article presents some unconventional views. Most studies do not treat ba as a verb. This article argues that ba is a verb, although it has some non-typical verbal properties. Firstly, the argument establishes that it is a verb based upon the “gradient” analysis, which has not been applied to ba before. Secondly, having been treated as a verb, ba shows special properties of its own such as marking subordination. Apart from this non-traditional view, ba is shown to be highly transitive, which is also a verbal feature. Different from previous analyses, this article argues that ba is a radial category showing various associated meanings. Finally, ba is shown to produce blending with other verb complements, such as the resultative construction, through its ability to create mental spaces.

KeywordBa Gradience Subordination Radial Category Mental Space
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Corresponding AuthorRonald Fong
AffiliationDepartment of English, University of Macau, Macau, China
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
Corresponding Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Ronald Fong. The Chinese ba as a Verb: A Constructional-Cognitive Approach[J]. Open Journal of Modern Linguistics,2015,5(1):48-64.
APA Ronald Fong.(2015).The Chinese ba as a Verb: A Constructional-Cognitive Approach.Open Journal of Modern Linguistics,5(1),48-64.
MLA Ronald Fong."The Chinese ba as a Verb: A Constructional-Cognitive Approach".Open Journal of Modern Linguistics 5.1(2015):48-64.
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