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Title: Constraints on the 'V1-zhe ... V2' Structure
Authors: Chen, C.-y. 
Issue Date: 1986
Citation: Chen, C.-y. (1986). Constraints on the 'V1-zhe ... V2' Structure. Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association 21 (1) : 1-20. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The structure 'V1-zhe ...V2' is a grammatical frame that is subject to specific semantic constraints. When the subject is the agent for two [+active] actions occurring at the same time, this structure presupposes the following: (1) The two actions denoted are interrelated in certain ways. (2) One of the actions is the predominant & the other is the subordinate; this relative weighting is reflected in the fixed order of the two Vs. Contrary to the common assumption or description that this structure marks "two actions that occur simultaneously," the great majority of such sentences involve only one active action at one time on the part of the subject. The structure, 'yibian V1 ... yibian V2' is compatible only with separable events. The differences between the two structures neutralize when the two events denoted are interrelated yet separable. HA.
Source Title: Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association
ISSN: 00094595
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