The current study employed structural priming among Mandarin adults to investigate how they encode the part of speech of resultative compounds in their production. In other words, it attempted to see how they treat them as a verb or a verb phrase. The results indicated that the primes of SVCO-le, SVCO, and SOVC(all ps <.05) lead to small but significant structural priming effects whereas the remaining primes do not in both immediate and cumulative structural priming. Of particular importance, the prime of SVO did not lead to any structural priming effect. A similar result was obtained in the cumulative structural priming. When the priming effects of SVCO and SVCO were compared to SVO, they were significantly greater, suggesting that a C as a verb that led to boosting effect. Thus, the results above provided us with a preliminary evidence to lend support to the VC compound as a verb rather than a phrase as it leads to greater structural priming when the verb alone does not.
|Effective start/end date||2018/08/01 → 2019/12/31|
- constituent status
- resultative compound
- structural priming
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