The Grammaticalization of “dao” in Mandarin Chinese
- Hong Li
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- Hong Li
Available Online July 2018.
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- dao, grammaticalization, multi-functionality, path
- An examination to dao (arrive) in different syntactic environments helps to reinforce the multi-functionality of Chinese verb dao and the grammaticalization of it. Examples from Chinese suggest that 1) dao has changed to a preposition in Dao-NP-VP when V is lai (come) or qu (go); 2) dao is still a verb in V-Dao, the main function of which is directional complement or resultative complement; 3) dao has grammaticalized to a complement marker in V-Dao-C if dao precedes a predicate structure. It is found that dao has developed from a notional word to a functional word, but it has not totally grammaticalized to be a typical functional word and is still on the process of further grammaticalization.
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TY - CONF AU - Hong Li PY - 2018/07 DA - 2018/07 TI - The Grammaticalization of “dao” in Mandarin Chinese BT - 2018 International Seminar on Education Research and Social Science (ISERSS 2018) PB - Atlantis Press SN - 2352-5398 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/iserss-18.2018.69 DO - https://doi.org/10.2991/iserss-18.2018.69 ID - Li2018/07 ER -