Two types of indirect object markers in Chinese: Their typological significance and development

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Abstract

This paper proposes that there are two types of indirect object markers in the Chinese language: The go-type and the give-type. The chronological development of these two types of indirect object markers will be discussed. Moreover, with reference to the Cantonese dialects, this paper will examine the factors contributing to the replacement of the go-type marker by the give-type marker. Finally, this typology of the indirect object markers is discussed from an areal linguistic perspective.
本文提出漢語有兩種間接賓語標記:給予類及趨向類,並討論它們的時序發展。透過早期粵方言材料和田野調查資料,我們歸納出給予類間接賓語標記取代趨向類間接賓語標記涉及的語法和語義因素。最後,我們也討論這兩類間接賓語標記在區域語言學上的意義。 Copyright © 2010 Journal of Chinese Linguistics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-25
JournalJournal of Chinese Linguistics
Volume38
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010

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Chin, A. C. (2010). Two types of indirect object markers in Chinese: Their typological significance and development. Journal of Chinese Linguistics, 38(1), 1-25.

Keywords

  • Give-type indirect object marker
  • Go-type indirect object marker
  • Double-object construction
  • Linguistic typology
  • Grammaticalization
  • Areal linguistics
  • 給予類間接賓語標記
  • 趨向類間接賓語標記
  • 雙賓句
  • 語言類型學
  • 語法化
  • 地域語言學
  • Alt. title: 漢語兩類間接賓語標記的類型學意義及發展