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Tsing Hua Journal of Chinese Studies
ISSN 0577-9170; DOI 10.6503/THJCS


The Grammaticalization of V-diao in Taiwan Mandarin

Vol. 47 No.2  6/2017


The Grammaticalization of V-diao in Taiwan Mandarin


Tsao Feng-fu









Key words

V-diao construction, grammaticalization, perfective phase-marker, pragmatic inferencing, a grammatical change in progress, perfective aspect marker


  This paper aims to answer the following research questions: (1) The diao in V- diao RVC has been observed to be undergoing a grammatical change into a phase marker. So our question is: Where is the dividing line between diao as a second element of a RVC and as a phase marker; (2) diao when in construction with certain stative verbs like huang (yellow) and luo (low) has generated an additional meaning of having something abnormal, undesirable or unexpected. What is the mechanism involved that brings about this change? Diao in both Taiwan Mandarin and Peiking Mandarin has been observed to be undergoing the above mentioned change. But are they progressing at more or less the same speed? If there are differences between the two, what is a possible reason for them? Our findings with regard to these questions will not only go a long way in our understanding of the mechanism of change involved but will yield a number of implications for Mandarin teaching in Taiwan and the Mainland China.



Author: Tsao Feng-fu
Genre: Article
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