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ERIC Number: ED112705
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 25
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The Potential Markers in Mandarin.
Lu, John H-T.
In Mandarin Chinese the two lexical items "de" and "bu," when inserted into a verb-verb construction, function as positive and negative potential markers, respectively, Their insertion, however, is not very regular or uniform, because some V-V constructions require their presence, while some others take them optionally, and still others do not occur with them at all. The purpose of this paper is thus twofold: first, to study their distribution, and second, to account for their co-occurrence or nonco-occurrence in the V-V constructions involved. It is claimed here that with the help of the semantic properties of the V-V constructions, we can easily predict where they can be inserted, and where they must be excluded. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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