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ON TWO FUNCTIONS OF PLACE ADVERBIALS IN MANDARIN CHINESE

James H-Y. Tai
Journal of Chinese Linguistics
Vol. 3, No. 2/3 (MAY/SEPTEMBER 1975), pp. 154-179
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23749872
Page Count: 26
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ON TWO FUNCTIONS OF PLACE ADVERBIALS IN MANDARIN CHINESE
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Abstract

While Chinese preverbal locatives denote the locations of actions and states of affairs, postverbal ones denote the locations of participants of actions. This functional difference is the governing principle for the word order of Chinese place adverbials. Syntactic evidence based on Chinese data shows that these two functions of place adverbials can not be reduced into one single function, and thus argues against Geis' theory of place adverbials.

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