The function and category of gei in Mandarin ditransitive constructions

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-26
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Chinese Linguistics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 1999
Externally publishedYes

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  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Linguistics and Language

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