Compound event nouns of the 'modifier-head' type in Mandarin Chinese

Shan Wang, Chu-ren Huang

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Event nouns can lexically encode eventive information. Recently these nouns have generated considerable scholarly interest. However, little research has been conducted in their morphological and syntactic structure, qualia modification, event representing feature, and information inheritance characteristics. This study has these main findings. 1) Morphologically, the modifier and the head is either free or bound morpheme. Syntactically the modifier is a nominal, adjectival, verbal or numeral morpheme, while the head is a nominal morpheme. 2) The modifier acts as a qualia role of the head. 3) All heads represent events, while the modifier is or is not an event. 4) The semantic information of a compound event noun can be inherited from the modifier or the head.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPACLIC 25 - Proceedings of the 25th Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011
Event25th Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation, PACLIC 25 - , Singapore
Duration: 16 Dec 201118 Dec 2011


Conference25th Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation, PACLIC 25


  • Compound event noun
  • Head
  • Information inheritance
  • Modifier
  • Qualia structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)

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