THE SYNTAX AND SEMANTICS OF CHINESE IMPERSONAL V-QILAI CONSTRUCTION

王 乾安(Chyan-an Arthur Wang), 吳 曉虹(Hsiao-hung Iris Wu)

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Abstract

This paper investigates the Chinese impersonal V-qilai construction. Drawing on the results of a number of syntactic tests and semantic conditions, we propose an analysis in which the post-V-qilai modification element is the main predicate and the V-qilai complex constitutes a frame-setting clausal modifier. This view is supported by arguments regarding obligatory modification, the distributional facts of preverbal markers, and the behavior of frequency adverbs. Moreover, we suggest that, within the clausal adjunct, qilai selects and incorporates with verbs in their stative version, which gives rise to the absence of agentivity and to the verbal restrictions noted in the impersonal V-qilai sentences.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-34
Number of pages34
JournalTaiwan Journal of Linguistics
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • V-qilai construction
  • impersonal
  • frame-setting modifiers
  • Chinese
  • 非人稱結構
  • 「V-起來」
  • 框架設定修飾語
  • 漢語

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