A unification-based lfg analysis of lexical discontinuity

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Abstract

This paper provides an analysis of the Mandarin possessive-object (POBJ) constructions as discontinuous idiom chunks. It argues that, although POBJ constructions are radically different from genuine possessive NPs in their semantics, there is no evidence of any syntactic distinction between them from which the semantic differences can be derived, and it proposes a lexically based LFG analysis in which the differences between the two constructions are accounted for in terms of differences in f structure.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-308
Number of pages46
JournalLinguistics
Volume28
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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