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LINGUIST List 19.247

Mon Jan 21 2008

Qs: Verbs and Nouns in Chinese

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        1.    Patricia Turner, Verbs and Nouns in Chinese

Message 1: Verbs and Nouns in Chinese
Date: 18-Jan-2008
From: Patricia Turner <paturnerucla.edu>
Subject: Verbs and Nouns in Chinese
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I have a question that should be easy for anyone who is familiar with
Mandarin and/or Cantonese (which I'm not). I'm working on some language
learning materials designed for a Chinese audience and the following
question came up:

In English, as we know, ''mop'' can be a verb as well as a noun. Is that
the case in Mandarin (or Cantonese), as well, by any chance? Or do those
two forms of that word look totally different?

Also, do other Chinese words look the same in their noun and verb forms, or
is that uncommon? For example, can you broom the floor (with a broom) in

Any help would be appreciated.

Patricia Turner
Ph.D. Student
Department of Applied Linguistics
University of California, Los Angeles

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

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