Verb Copying
(1,196 words)

The term verb copying refers to the phenomenon in which we find two instantiations of the same verb in one sentence. It can be found when a sentence has a direct object as well as a postverbal adverbial constituent, which can range from duration/frequency expressions to directional, locative and resultative constituents (see Li and Thompson 1981, Tai 1999), as illustrated in (1) (examples adapted from Tai 1999).

1.

a.

我睡覺睡了三個鐘頭。

 

 

Wǒ  shuìjiào        shuìle        sān      ge     zhōngtóu.  (Duration)

 

 

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Cite this page
Lisa Lai-Shen CHENG, “Verb Copying”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 26 March 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000442>
First published online: 2015



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