In this article, we show that the parallelism between Mandarin gei ditransitive constructions and their English counterparts is misleading. We argue here that the gei that occurs next to a verb is part of a complex predicate, and that the gei phrase that occurs after the DO (direct object) is part of a SVC (Serial Verb Construction). The theoretical implications of this account of gei and some diachronical ramifications are also given.
|Number of pages||26|
|Journal||Journal of Chinese Linguistics|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jun 1999|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
- Linguistics and Language