On de(li55) as a coordinator in Chongqing Mandarin

Sicong Dong, Yin Zhong

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The possessive marker 的 li55 in Chongqing Mandarin can also function as a coordinator. This function develops from the usage of 的 li55 to link numbers or amounts in calculation. Several restrictions are found on the coordinating function of 的 li55, reflecting its original usage: the conjuncts must be nominal; 的 li55 must be used between every two conjuncts; it can only be used in informal registers; the conjuncts must be all the members of a definite set. The coordinating function of possessive markers is also found in other Sinitic languages, while rarely seen in other language families, meriting further typological investigations.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - May 2022
EventThe 23rd Chinese Lexical Semantics Workshop -
Duration: 14 May 202215 May 2022


ConferenceThe 23rd Chinese Lexical Semantics Workshop


  • Chongqing Mandarin
  • de(li55)
  • coordination
  • possessive marker
  • typology


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