The Invertible Construction in Chinese

Yan Cong, Chu-ren Huang, Lian Hee Wee

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Abstract

This paper argues that the Invertible Construction (IC) in Chinese is a kind of distributive construction. What appears to be an inversion of word order is best understood as the division of the theme NPto be acted upon by a number of agents for an embedded event. This analysis best captures a number of otherwise intractable properties of the IC including the necessarily quantitative interpretation of the NPs and the incompatibility with adverbs of volition.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication29th Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation, PACLIC 2015
PublisherShanghai Jiao Tong University
Pages206-211
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Event29th Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation, PACLIC 2015 - Shanghai, China
Duration: 30 Oct 20151 Nov 2015

Conference

Conference29th Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation, PACLIC 2015
Country/TerritoryChina
CityShanghai
Period30/10/151/11/15

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Linguistics and Language

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