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Title: Some constraints on temporal predicative sentences in Chinese
Other Titles: 汉语时间词谓语句的限制条件
Authors: Tang, SW
Keywords: Nominal predicative sentences
Temporal words
Ordinal meaning
Issue Date: 2002
Publisher: 人民教育出版社
Source: 中国语文 (Studies of the Chinese language), 2002, no. 3, p. 217-221, 287 How to cite?
Journal: 中国语文 (Studies of the Chinese language) 
Abstract: 本文论证了汉语名词谓语实际上受制于指示限制:具有指示作用的时间词不能做谓语。除了解释时间词以外,本文还指出,凡是有定的成分都不能做谓语。从功能角度来考虑,谓语的无定要求跟句子的新旧信息分布有关。
Some temporal nominals cannot function as predicates in Chinese nominal predicative sentences. It is suggested in the literature that non-ordinal temporal nominals and relative temporal nominals cannot be predicates. In this paper, we argue that Chinese predicate nominals are subject to a deictic constraint: temporal nominals that have a meaning of deixis cannot function as predicates. We further argue that all definites cannot be predicates. From a functional point of view, indefinite requirement of predicates is related to the distribution of new/old information in a sentence: given information precedes new information. Predicates are normally indefinites that express new information.
ISSN: 0578-1949
Rights: © 2002 China Academic Journal Electronic Publishing House. It is to be used strictly for educational and research use.
© 2002 中国学术期刊电子杂志出版社。本内容的使用仅限于教育、科研之目的。
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