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Conference Paper: The syntax of double object constructions in Cantonese

TitleThe syntax of double object constructions in Cantonese
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Issue Date2007
Citation
The 2007 Annual Research Forum (ARF) of the Linguistic Society of Hong Kong (LSHK), Hong Kong, 8-9 December 2007. How to Cite?
AbstractThis paper first demonstrates that Cantonese as a language does not have an exceptional order of non-subject arguments in double object constructions; rather, the verb bei2 'give' in this language, and this verb only, does. It is the only exception to double object constructions in the language in two respects. First, it is the theme argument, but not the recipient argument, that immediately follows the verb 'give'. In other double object constructions, the recipient argument is the argument that is adjacent to the verb. Second, under the effect of weight, the arguments in a give-construction are the only ones that can switch positions such that the heavy NP is in final position in the phrase. Weight does not seem to matter in other double object constructions. The paper then shows, within the Lexical Functional Grammar framework, that the differences between a give-construction and other double object constructions in the language are constituent-structure differences. At argument-structure and functional-structure, ditransitive verbs behave in similar ways. They all require two arguments – a Theme and a Goal/Recipient. They also exhibit similarities in terms of f-structure phenomena such as relativization …
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/124356

 

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dc.contributor.authorLam, OSCen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-10-31T10:29:51Z-
dc.date.available2010-10-31T10:29:51Z-
dc.date.issued2007en_HK
dc.identifier.citationThe 2007 Annual Research Forum (ARF) of the Linguistic Society of Hong Kong (LSHK), Hong Kong, 8-9 December 2007.en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/124356-
dc.description.abstractThis paper first demonstrates that Cantonese as a language does not have an exceptional order of non-subject arguments in double object constructions; rather, the verb bei2 'give' in this language, and this verb only, does. It is the only exception to double object constructions in the language in two respects. First, it is the theme argument, but not the recipient argument, that immediately follows the verb 'give'. In other double object constructions, the recipient argument is the argument that is adjacent to the verb. Second, under the effect of weight, the arguments in a give-construction are the only ones that can switch positions such that the heavy NP is in final position in the phrase. Weight does not seem to matter in other double object constructions. The paper then shows, within the Lexical Functional Grammar framework, that the differences between a give-construction and other double object constructions in the language are constituent-structure differences. At argument-structure and functional-structure, ditransitive verbs behave in similar ways. They all require two arguments – a Theme and a Goal/Recipient. They also exhibit similarities in terms of f-structure phenomena such as relativization …-
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofAnnual Research Forum (ARF) 2007-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.titleThe syntax of double object constructions in Cantoneseen_HK
dc.typeConference_Paperen_HK
dc.identifier.emailLam, OSC: osclam@hku.hken_HK
dc.description.naturepostprint-
dc.identifier.hkuros170431en_HK
dc.description.otherThe 2007 Annual Research Forum of the Linguistic Society of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 8-9 December 2007.-

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