ERIC Number: ED399782
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Event Structure and the "Ba" Construction.
Rhys, Catrin Sian
York Papers in Linguistics, v17 p299-332 Mar 1996
Much earlier controversy surrounding the Chinese "ba" construction stems from dissention over whether or not "ba" has any independent semantic content. "Ba" was assumed either to be a purely formal particle whose function was to assign case, or to have semantic content translating into thematic content. However, under the hypothesis that abstract case does not play a role in Chinese, "ba" can not be a case marker. It is also argued that thematic content can not be assumed. Instead, a second kind of thematic information that plays a role in syntactic description, namely event structure, is hypothesized. It is shown that the affected interpretation of the "ba" dependent phrase is the consequence not of a particular thematic role but of the a-role assigned by "ba." Thus the constraints on "ba" are captured and shown to be intrinsically linked. It is concluded that this provides further evidence for a model of syntax in which there is considerable interaction between the syntactic representation and the level of event structure. Contains 19 references. (MSE)
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