Taiwan southern min denominal verbs

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Little research has been done on Taiwan Southern Min denominal verbs. This paper explores their syntactic and semantic characteristics. Chan & Tai (1995) provide an abundance of lexical entries for TSM denominal verbs, but without proposing any syntactic description. This paper, on the other hand, presents the syntactic distribution of TSM denominal verbs, demonstrating that some of them can participate in the locatum/location alternation. In addition, it examines four common syntactic patterns for TSM denominal verbs that convey a variety of aspectual information. This study thus contributes to an understanding of the aspectual properties of TSM denominal verbs and, as opposed to Harley's (1999) theory, it argues against any strong aspectual correlation between TSM denominal verbs and their source nouns.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)503-526
Number of pages24
JournalLanguage and Linguistics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Dec 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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