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Volume 23, Issue 4
  • ISSN 1606-822X
  • E-ISSN: 2309-5067

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Abstract

In Modern Chinese, four construction types involving may be distinguished. In this study, it is argued that the prosodically unseparated speech-quotative (S1) develops from the prosodically separated speech-quotation (S3) through a hypothesized complementation pathway which makes the predicate the matrix clause of the following content clause. Prosodically unseparated feedback-seeking (S2), in contrast, develops from a prosodically separated feedback-seeking (S4) via a hypothesized conjoining pathway which involves the loss of a prosodic gap between the feedback-seeking predicate and the clause that it occurs with. Contrary to the common assumption in the literature, S2 does not develop from S1. Meaning difference influences the selection of each of the two pathways, and in the source construction when an S3 or S4 is prosodically separated from the clause it occurs with, it is not the matrix clause of the latter. The account given in this study may also be used to explain the formation of English parenthetical predicate .

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