A comparative study on Mandarin and Cantonese resultative verb compounds

Helena Yan Ping Lau, Yat Mei Lee

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Abstract

This paper explores the conditions where Mandarin RVCs can be preserved in their Cantonese counterparts. Six types of Mandarin RVCs - ergatives, unergatives, accusatives, causatives, pseudo-passives and object-fronting - have been examined. Modifications have been made for certain kinds of RVCs that are usually misclassified. The analysis has been done at both the lexical and syntactic levels. At the lexical level, the concept of 'strong resultative' and 'weak resultative' has been adduced to support the idea that indirect causation cannot be expressed by RVC in Cantonese. At the syntactic level, the presentations of the same RVCs falling into different sentence types are illustrated. Since the structure of Mandarin RVCs are often restricted in Cantonese, three substitutive constructions have been introduced for presenting the same resultatives in Cantonese.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication29th Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation, PACLIC 2015
PublisherShanghai Jiao Tong University
Pages231-239
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Event29th Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation, PACLIC 2015 - Shanghai, China
Duration: 30 Oct 20151 Nov 2015

Conference

Conference29th Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation, PACLIC 2015
CountryChina
CityShanghai
Period30/10/151/11/15

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Linguistics and Language

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