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The Information Structure and Argument Mapping of Mandarin Chinese Resultative Verb Construction

Huang, Huade

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This thesis will investigate the information structure and its interaction with argument mappings of Chinese resultative verb construction (RVC). One RVC may have several different mappings. This thesis proposes that these mappings have a strong relation with information structure. If a mapping is not in accord with the information structure of the sentence, this mapping will not be chosen by the speaker. This thesis proposes that there are four types of...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorHuang, Huade
dc.date.accessioned2018-01-10T04:19:28Z
dc.date.available2018-01-10T04:19:28Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/139158
dc.description.abstractThis thesis will investigate the information structure and its interaction with argument mappings of Chinese resultative verb construction (RVC). One RVC may have several different mappings. This thesis proposes that these mappings have a strong relation with information structure. If a mapping is not in accord with the information structure of the sentence, this mapping will not be chosen by the speaker. This thesis proposes that there are four types of Topics in Chinese: primary Topic, secondary Topic, continuing Topic and contrastive Topic. The primary Topic and contrastive Topic motivate a Patient-type argument to be the Subject, and an Agent-type argument being a secondary Topic may not be the Subject of the sentence. Secondary Topics in BA and BEI construction bear different information update, and this blocks some mappings that are possible in the canonical structure to appear in BA and BEI construction.
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectInformation structure
dc.subjectMandarin Chinese
dc.subjectResultative Verb Construction
dc.subjectArgument mapping
dc.titleThe Information Structure and Argument Mapping of Mandarin Chinese Resultative Verb Construction
dc.typeThesis (Masters)
local.contributor.supervisorSimpson, Jane
local.contributor.supervisorcontactjane.simpson@anu.edu.au
dcterms.valid2017
local.description.notesthe author deposited 10/01/18
local.type.degreeOther
dc.date.issued2017
local.contributor.affiliationSchool of Literature, Languages and Linguistics, ANU College of Arts and Social Science, The Australian National University
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