How things become red in Mandarin Chinese? A case study of deadjectival change of state predicates

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https://doi.org/10.21248/hpsg.2023.4

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This paper provides an HPSG analysis for the morphosyntax and the semantics of deadjectival change of state (CoS) verbs in Mandarin Chinese. We first show that adjectives are a distinct word class from verbs in Mandarin Chinese and argue for the derivation of CoS verbs from property concept adjectives. We then model this derivation with a lexical rule. Finally, since CoS verbs can be combined with another verb to form a resultative verb compound (RVC) to express caused CoS, we also propose a lexical rule to account for RVCs.

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2023-10-15

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Lu, Yanru & Deng, Chenyuan & Ma, Jian. 2023. How things become red in Mandarin Chinese? A case study of deadjectival change of state predicates. Proceedings of the 30th International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar 59–79. (doi:10.21248/hpsg.2023.4) (https://proceedings.hpsg.xyz/article/view/910) (Accessed May 26, 2024.)