Conceptualization of containment in Chinese: A corpus-based study of the Chinese space particles lĭ, nèi, and zhōng

Hung Kuan Su, Alvin Cheng Hsien Chen*

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1 引文 斯高帕斯(Scopus)

摘要

This study investigates the semantic variations of three near-synonymous space particle constructions of containment in Chinese: [zai NP l./nei/ zh.ng]. While previous work has mostly applied qualitative analyses of the semantic differences between these particles, this study presents a corpusbased analysis examining the relationship between space particles and their co-occurring landmarks in the locative construction. Two quantitative analyses were conducted: a multiple distinctive collexeme analysis and a post-hoc semantic analysis. Our results suggest the following. First, l. is a more unmarked particle in encoding containment, co-occurring with both canonical landmarks and a wider range of entities. Second, nei shows a strong preference for landmarks denoting temporal concepts; this metaphorical use often implies a preplanned objective in the proposition, with the landmark as an intended deadline. Finally, zh.ng shows a strong connection to landmarks denoting high-dynamicity events. This extended use often comes with a marked aspectual reading of the landmark.

原文英語
頁(從 - 到)211-245
頁數35
期刊Concentric: Studies in Linguistics
45
發行號2
DOIs
出版狀態已發佈 - 2019 十一月 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 語言與語言學
  • 語言和語言學

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