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Title: Syntactic behaviors driven by lexical semantics : a study on Geng and hai in Chinese comparatives
Authors: Chen-Chun, E
Keywords: Chinese comparatives
Degree adverbs
Feature-licensing
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Springer
Source: Lecture notes in computer science (including subseries Lecture notes in artificial intelligence and lecture notes in bioinformatics) How to cite?
Journal: Lecture notes in computer science (including subseries Lecture notes in artificial intelligence and lecture notes in bioinformatics) 
Abstract: The two Chinese degree adverbs geng and hai can modify gradable predicates in comparative structures. They can be interchangeable in many cases. However, data extracted from BCC corpus show that their distribution is structurally constrained. This paper aims to account for their differences in syntactic behaviors. I argue that the value of the lexical semantic feature [degree] is inherently [+] in the adverb geng while the value is indefinite in hai. To realize the comparitive reading, the legitimate occurrence of hai is constrained by a certain syntactic configuration so that the indefinite [degree] value can be structurally licensed. Assuming X-bar theory, I propose that the legitimate occurrence of hai in comparative structures is licensed in the domain of m-command.
Description: 16th Workshop, CLSW 2015, Beijing, China, May 9-11, 2015
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/55372
ISBN: 9783319271934
ISSN: 0302-9743
EISSN: 1611-3349
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-27194-1_40
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