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SVC in Mandarin Chinese (Li & Thompson 1981)

SVC in Mandarin Chinese (Li & Thompson 1981)  
Type book
Author(s) C. Li & S. Thompson
Publication title Mandarin Chinese. A functional reference grammar
Publisher University of California Press
ISBN 0520066103
Annotator Miaomiao Zhang
Corpus Link SVC in Mandarin Chinese 2
Framework functional reference grammar

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Serial Verb Construction, multiple predicates

Original Interlinear Glossed Text


wŏmen kāi-huì tăolùn nèi-gè wèntí
we hold-meeting consier that-CL problem
We'll hold a meeting to consider that problem.


tā tiān-tiān chàng-gē xiĕ-xìn
3sg day-day sing-sing write-letter
Everyday s/he sings songs and writes letters


tā fŏurèn tā zuò-cuò le
3sg deny 3sg do-wrong CRS
S/He denies that s/he was wrong.


tā gàosù wŏ nĭ tóu téng
3sg tell I you head ache
S/He told me that you has a headache.


dà shēng niàn kèwén kĕyĭ bāngzhù fāyīn
big voice read lesson can help pronunciation
Reading the lesson aloud can help one's pronunciation.


wŏ quàn tā niàn yī
I advise 3sg study medicine
I advise him/her to study medicine.


wŏ pèng-dào-le yī-gè wàiguó-rén huì shuō zhōngguó-huà
I meet-arrive-PFV one-CL foreign-person know:how speak China-speech
I met a foreigner who can speak Chinese.