&#201;tude distributionnelle des constructions en <i>ba</i> en chinois

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The objective of this paper is to explore the applicability of Gross's theory of Lexicon-Grammar to the study of Chinese syntax. The paper is concerned with the <i>ba</i>-construction in Chinese. It aims to show that the very concept of exhaustivity is crucial in an area of study which has been badly in need of new ideas. To highlight the complexity requirement of the <i>ba</i>-construction, we have examined respectively all the relevant constituents within a canonical sentential framework, i.e. <i>#N0 W0 ba-N1 W1 V W2#</i> and it is found that previous accounts of the ba-construction cannot adequately characterize all its syntactic properties. Hence a much more thorough study will be needed if we bear in mind to provide a sound, verifiable, empirical support for constructing a viable model for Chinese syntax.


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