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Title: Typological shift in lexicalizing motion events : the case of Wenzhou
Authors: Lin, Jingxia
Keywords: Humanities::Language
Issue Date: 2020
Source: Lin, J. (2020). Typological shift in lexicalizing motion events : the case of Wenzhou. Linguistic Typology, 25(1), 1-38.
Journal: Linguistic Typology
Abstract: Typological shift in lexicalizing motion events has hitherto been observed cross-linguistically. While over time, Chinese has shown a shift from a dominantly verb-framed language in Old Chinese to a strongly satellite-framed language in Modern Standard Mandarin, this study presents the Chinese dialect Wenzhou, which has taken a step further than Standard Mandarin and other Chinese dialects in becoming a thoroughly satellite-framed language. On the one hand, Wenzhou strongly disfavors the verb-framed pattern. Wenzhou not only has no prototypical path verbs, but also its path satellites are highly deverbalized. On the other hand, Wenzhou strongly prefers the satellite-framed pattern, to the extent that it very frequently adopts a neutral motion verb to head motion expressions so that path can be expressed via satellites and the satellite-framed pattern can be syntactically maintained. The findings of this study are of interest to intra-linguistic, diachronic and cross-linguistic studies of the variation in encoding motion events.
ISSN: 1430-0532
DOI: 10.1515/lingty-2020-5002
Rights: © 2020 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston. All rights reserved. This paper was published in Linguistic Typology and is made available with permission of Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston.
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