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SVC in Mandarin Chinese (Chang 2007)

SVC in Mandarin Chinese (Chang 2007)  
Type conference article
Author(s) Jung-hsing Chang
Publication title Linking semantics and syntax in Mandarin Serial Verbs: A role and reference grammar account
Publisher Language and linguistics
ISBN 2007-0-008-001-000042-1
Annotator Miaomiao Zhang
Corpus Link SVC in Mandarin Chinese 2
Framework role and reference grammar

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Serial Verb Construction, multiple predicates

Original Interlinear Glossed Text


(4)RVC in which arg. of V1=arg. of V2
Zhangsan ku xing le.
Zhangsan cry awake LE.
'Zhangsan was awake from crying.'


(5)RVC in which arg. of V1 ≠ arg. of V2
Zhangsan ku xing le Lisi.
Zhangsan cry awake LE Lisi.
'Lisi was awake from Zhangsan's crying.'


(12)Verb-copying construction
Zhangsan he jiu he zui le.
Zhangsan drink wine drink drunk LE
'Zhangsan was drunk from drinking wine.'


(14) RVC with no identical arguments
Zhangsan chang ge chang ya le sangzi
Zhangsan sing song sing hoarse LE throat
'Zhangsan sang songs and his throat became hoarse as a result.'


(39) SVC in which 1st arg. of V1= 1st arg. of V2; 2nd arg. of V1 =2nd arg. of V2
Ta dao jiu gei women he.
he pour wine GEI women drink
'He poured wine for us to drink.'


(40) SVC in which 1st arg. of V1 = 1st arg. of V2; 1st arg. of V1 ≠ 1st arg. of V2
Ta tuo wazi xi jiao.
he take off socks wash feet
'He took off his socks to wash his feet.'


(41) SVC with no idetical arguments
Ta tuo wazi gei women xi jiao.
he take off socks GEI we wash feet
'He took off his socks for us to wash his feet.'