ERIC Number: ED350838
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jun
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Correlative Constructions in Chinese.
Harlow, Steve; Cullen, Connie
An analysis of correlative constructions in Chinese that: (1) gives a principled account of the distribution of correlative markers; and (2) offers an explanation for some puzzling facts about distribution of anaphoric pronouns is presented. It is suggested that previous research has misidentified instances of verb phrase coordination as zero-anaphora in such constructions, which raises a more general question about zero anaphora. It is suggested that better criteria for identification of zero-anaphora are required in languages like Chinese, which lacks corroborative evidence such as agreement morphology. It is concluded, then, that for at least a subset of Chinese, a better account is available without zero-anaphors. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Note: In: Harlow, S. J. and Warner, A. R., Eds. York Papers in Linguistics, 16; see FL 020 620. An earlier version of this paper was presented at the autumn meeting of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain (1986).