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Article: Gei constructions in Mandarin Chinese and bei constructions in cantonese: A corpus-driven contrastive study

TitleGei constructions in Mandarin Chinese and bei constructions in cantonese: A corpus-driven contrastive study
Authors
KeywordsBei constructions
Contrastive linguistics
Corpus-driven approach
Gei constructions
Hong Kong cantonese
Mandarin Chinese
Issue Date2009
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Co
Citation
International Journal Of Corpus Linguistics, 2009, v. 14 n. 1, p. 60-80 How to Cite?
AbstractThis paper examines the use of gei constructions in Mandarin Chinese and bei constructions in Cantonese within three corpora (of spoken and written Chinese and Hong Kong Cantonese). There are seven structural patterns in which gei/ V-gei takes two objects. The order of these objects is determined by the principle of end-weight. Another four structural patterns see the co-occurrence of verb phrases with gei/V-gei. About four percent of gei constructions are used to mark a passivised verb. The study also reveals that the fronting of direct object marked by the preposition ba is a rather formal style. In the contrast between Mandarin gei constructions and Cantonese bei constructions, it was found that (i) the order of indirect object followed by direct object as in Mandarin Chinese reverses in Cantonese; (ii) when compared with Mandarin gei, Cantonese bei is more commonly used as a passive marker and as a verb meaning 'allow'. © John Benjamins Publishing Company.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/60869
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dc.date.issued2009en_HK
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dc.description.abstractThis paper examines the use of gei constructions in Mandarin Chinese and bei constructions in Cantonese within three corpora (of spoken and written Chinese and Hong Kong Cantonese). There are seven structural patterns in which gei/ V-gei takes two objects. The order of these objects is determined by the principle of end-weight. Another four structural patterns see the co-occurrence of verb phrases with gei/V-gei. About four percent of gei constructions are used to mark a passivised verb. The study also reveals that the fronting of direct object marked by the preposition ba is a rather formal style. In the contrast between Mandarin gei constructions and Cantonese bei constructions, it was found that (i) the order of indirect object followed by direct object as in Mandarin Chinese reverses in Cantonese; (ii) when compared with Mandarin gei, Cantonese bei is more commonly used as a passive marker and as a verb meaning 'allow'. © John Benjamins Publishing Company.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Coen_HK
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dc.subjectBei constructionsen_HK
dc.subjectContrastive linguisticsen_HK
dc.subjectCorpus-driven approachen_HK
dc.subjectGei constructionsen_HK
dc.subjectHong Kong cantoneseen_HK
dc.subjectMandarin Chineseen_HK
dc.titleGei constructions in Mandarin Chinese and bei constructions in cantonese: A corpus-driven contrastive studyen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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