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The -construction in Taiwan Southern Min is well-known for its polysemy. This study argues that with evidence from extra-argumentality, -NP position, thematic relationship, passivization, over-generalization, and dialectal difference, should at least be categorized into three different types, i.e., light verb, applicative, and preposition, instead of a uniform one. The first type involves the disposal patient/theme and the goal/source constructions where is a light verb taking a reduced VP complement. The second one applies to the benefactive/adversative construction where is a high applicative head mediating the relation between the -NP and a VoiceP. The third one accounts for the non-gapped dative construction where is a preposition heading a PP that modifies a VP. By so doing, the polysemy is simply an interplay between different types of and their corresponding syntactic structures.


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