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Academic Paper

Title: Reanalyzing Mandarin V1-V2 resultative constructions—A force-theoretic approach
Author: Peng Han
Linguistic Field: Linguistic Theories; Syntax
Subject Language: Chinese, Mandarin
Abstract: This study takes a force-theoretic approach to Mandarin V1-V2 resultative constructions. Unlike event-based analyses that hold a causing event accountable for a result state, this study attributes a result state to a specific entity involved in the relevant causing event. In this way, V1-V2 resultative construction (RC) sentences have the interpretation that through a causing action, one entity relevant to the action caused a change of state to another entity; this causal influence is reconceptualized as a force from the former entity, characterizing the situation change concerning the latter entity. Following Copley and Harley (2015), this conceptual reanalysis is represented structurally, successfully deriving V1-V2 RC sentences. V2 and the internal argument DP specify the property of a resultant situation and its holder, defining the force; the external argument DP tells about this force's source; V1 modifies this force, indicating the causing action through which this force is realized.


This article appears IN Canadian Journal of Linguistics Vol. 66, Issue 2, which you can READ on Cambridge's site .

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