The evolution of passive and disposal sentences
Paul A. Bennett 本涅特
The Mandarin ba-construction is a genuine example of an S-PP-V construction emerging out of an earlier serial verb construction. But serial verb constructions are not the forerunners of disposal constructions in other dialects where the object-marking preposition is homophonous with a verb meaning ‘give’, or of passive constructions, including the Mandarin bei-construction. Proposals are made as to how syntactic reanalysis may have been responsible for the development of these two constructions, and some general observations on processes of syntactic change are set forth.
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Journal of Chinese Linguistics volume 9 (ISSN 0091-3723)
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