Constructional meaning selection for “A+Yi (One) +x, B+Yi (one) +Y” in mandarin Chinese

Hongchao Liu, Weidong Zhan, Chu-ren Huang

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Mandarin “A+Yi(one)+X, B+Yi(one)+Y” construction has multiple constructional meanings encoded by the same syntactic form. We study the conditions for selection and/or preference of constructional meanings of this construction in this paper. Study of corpus data showed that POS and semantic roles of A/B X/Y cannot reliably predict different constructional meanings. We further show that conditions that can predict the differences in constructional meaning are the event structures of A and B’s, as well as referential relationship between “Yi(one)+X”and “Yi(one)+Y”. The context and logic relationship between A and B can also influence the constructional meaning.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChinese Lexical Semantics - 16th Workshop, CLSW 2015, Revised Selected Papers
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9783319271934
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Event16th Workshop on Chinese Lexical Semantics Workshop, CLSW 2015 - Beijing, China
Duration: 9 May 201511 May 2015

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference16th Workshop on Chinese Lexical Semantics Workshop, CLSW 2015


  • B+yi(one)+Y”
  • Constructional meaning selection
  • Event structure
  • Mandarin chinese construction
  • “A+yi(one)+X

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Theoretical Computer Science


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