Double object construction in Hainan Min

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This paper focuses on the ditransitive construction in Hainan Min. The giving verb in Hainan Min is Bun 44, which corresponds to the Hakka giving verb bun rather than to Southern Min hoo or khit. The syntactic and semantic properties of Hainan Min Bun are examined and compared with those of other dialects. Furthermore, the dative alternations of the giving verb Bun in Hainan Min are shown. The interaction between verb types and the different dative constructions is tested. There is a unique dative marker ti 11 in Hainan Min. The origin of this word is explored through a comparison of five possible candidates in terms of phonetic similarity and semantic association.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)501-527
Number of pages27
JournalLanguage and Linguistics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Dec 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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