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History of Linguistics
In Chinese, there is a well-known type of construction in which a verb
is followed by a non-subcategorized complement noun or noun p hrase:
1. xie zhe-zhi bi
write this pen
''write with this pen''
2. chi shi-tang
''go to a dining-hall for a meal''
3. xie hei-ban
''write on the blackboard''
4 xi liang shui
clean cool water
''shower with cool water''
It seems there has been no aggreement as to how constructions like these
should be analyzed in Chinese linguistics. My general impression is that
the non-subcategorized complement somehow modifies the action expressed
by the verb in terms of manner. It also conveys new information, as has
been pointed out by some researchers.
I am interested in similar phenomena, if any, in other languages and
would like to get pointers as to any literature dealing with the issue,
especially those that adopt a semantic perspective to argument
If there is enough interest, I would post a summary to the list.
Can anyone recommend some good readings on the history of
linguistics, for use in a graduate course? I'm particularly looking
for overviews that cover whole centuries (or more), rather than
detailed discussions of one particular movement, as this will only be
a 2 or 3 week module.
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