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SVC in Mandarin Chinese (Yin 2007)

SVC in Mandarin Chinese (Yin 2007)  
Type conference article
Author(s) Hui Yin
Publication title Serial Verb Constructions in English and Chinese
Publisher The 2007 annual conference of the Canadian Linguistic Association
Annotator Miaomiao Zhang
Corpus Link SVC in Mandarin Chinese 2

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Serial Verb Construction, multiple predicates

Original Interlinear Glossed Text


purposive SVCs
qu chifan
'go eat'


causative SVCs
Wo shi ta xiao.
I make him laugh
'I made him laugh.'


perceptive SVCs
Wo kan ta youyong.
I see he swim
'I saw him swim.'


Ta na dao sha yizhi zhu.
S/he take knife kill one pig
'S/he took a knife to kill a pig.'


Ta sha si le yizhi zhu.
S/he kill die PERF one pig
'S/he killed a pig (the pig actually died.)


Ta na dao sha si le yizhi zhu.
S/he take knife kill die PERF one pig
'S/he took a knife and killed a pig.'

(8)我杀了猪 (可是没杀死)。.

Wo sha le zhu (keshi mei sha si)
I kill PERF pig (but not kill die)

  • 'I killed the pig but didn't die.'

Wo sha si le zhu.
I kill die PERF pig
'I killed the pig.'


Wo ba kuaizi zhe duan le.
I OBJ chopstick break broken PERF
'I broke the chopstick.'


Wo ba kuaizi zhe wan le.
I OBJ chopstick break bend PERF
'I broke the chopstick bent.' (I squeezed in on the chopstick to break it, but only managed to bend it.)


Wo ba kuaizi wan zhe le.
I OBJ chopstick bend broken PERF
'I bent the chopstick broken.' (I squeezed in on the chopstick to bend it, but wound up breaking it.)


Wo ba yifu xi zang le.
I OBJ clothes wash dirty PERF
'I washed the clothes dirty.' (I washed the clothes [e.g., in a lake] but it turned out dirtier than before.)