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Differential object marking and identifiability of the referent: a study of Mandarin Chinese


Iemmolo, Giorgio; Arcodia, Giorgio Francesco (2014). Differential object marking and identifiability of the referent: a study of Mandarin Chinese. Linguistics, 52(2):315-334.

Abstract

This paper examines the interaction of DOM with information structure in Mandarin Chinese. Despite the large amount of works on this topic, much remains to be explained, in particular with respect to some alternations that do not easily fit the explanations proposed so far in terms of affectedness, animacy and definiteness. Through the analysis of text excerpts taken from the Corpus of Modern Chinese of the Center for Chinese Linguistics (CCL) of Peking University, we argue that, in addition to previously identified constraints, DOM in Mandarin Chinese performs another important function in discourse, namely that of signalling the high identifiability of the marked referent.

Abstract

This paper examines the interaction of DOM with information structure in Mandarin Chinese. Despite the large amount of works on this topic, much remains to be explained, in particular with respect to some alternations that do not easily fit the explanations proposed so far in terms of affectedness, animacy and definiteness. Through the analysis of text excerpts taken from the Corpus of Modern Chinese of the Center for Chinese Linguistics (CCL) of Peking University, we argue that, in addition to previously identified constraints, DOM in Mandarin Chinese performs another important function in discourse, namely that of signalling the high identifiability of the marked referent.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Comparative Linguistics
Dewey Decimal Classification:490 Other languages
890 Other literatures
410 Linguistics
Language:English
Date:13 March 2014
Deposited On:04 Nov 2013 09:48
Last Modified:16 Jul 2018 06:28
Publisher:De Gruyter
ISSN:0024-3949
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1515/ling-2013-0064

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