A Collostructional Analysis of Ditransitive Constructions in Mandarin

Huichen S. Hsiao*, Lestari Mahastuti

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By investigating the frequency distribution of 37 verbs in Mandarin ditransitive constructions and adopting a collostructional analysis (cf. Gries & Stefanowitsch [1]), this study aims to clarify the construction meaning of each type of ditransitive construction. The preliminary result shows that two constructions differ in terms of fine-grained aspects, such as the number and completion of transfer events. Based on the corpus findings, this study claims that the transfer meaning expressed by double-object constructions entails only one entire macro-event while the transfer event expressed by prepositional dative constructions highlights and involves more than one event, thus increasing the possibility of the prepositional dative conveying incomplete transfer meaning.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChinese Lexical Semantics - 20th Workshop, CLSW 2019, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsJia-Fei Hong, Yangsen Zhang, Pengyuan Liu
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9783030381882
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event20th Chinese Lexical Semantics Workshop, CLSW 2019 - Beijing, China
Duration: 2019 Jun 282019 Jun 30

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume11831 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference20th Chinese Lexical Semantics Workshop, CLSW 2019


  • Collostructional analysis
  • Construction meaning
  • Ditransitive construction
  • Verb meaning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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