Say-Complementizers: shuō 說, waa3 話, kong1 講
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1. Definition of a Complementizer

A complementizer, cóngjù biāojì 從句標記 in Chinese, is a grammatical morpheme introducing a dependent clause that can fill either, if not both, the positions of subject or object argument of the matrix verb, that is, the main clause verb. Complementi…

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Hilary CHAPPELL, “Say-Complementizers: shuō 說, waa3 話, kong1 講”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 18 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2015

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