Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale
54 | 2018

Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale
54 | 2018

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Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale | 54 | 2018

How Subjective Is the Subject?
A Fresh Look at Grammatical Relations in Mandarin Chinese

Anna Morbiato
ORCID 0000-0001-5990-7991 
Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia
anna.morbiato@unive.it

DOI 10.30687/AnnOr/2385-3042/2018/01/014

Submitted 16 Gen 2018
Accepted 02 Mar 2018

Abstract

This article re-examines the issue of grammatical relations in Mandarin Chinese in light of the results of recent large-scale typological research on grammatical relations (henceforth GRs) worldwide. Specifically, it discusses three syntactic operations and constructions that are cross-linguistically relevant to the definition of grammatical relations, namely relativisation, reflexivisation, and quantifier float. The study adopts a strictly language-internal typological approach and avails itself of natural linguistic data or sentences sanity-checked by native speakers. The aim of this paper is twofold: first, it explores the hypothesis that, in line with various other languages, GRs in Mandarin Chinese are construction-specific. Second, it proposes an alternative approach capable of explaining the conflicting evidence often pointed out in the literature on GRs and subjecthood in Mandarin Chinese.

Keywords

Grammatical relations. Mandarin Chinese. Argument selectors. Reflexivisation. Quantifier float.

Creative Commons License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License 

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Morbiato Anna

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How Subjective Is the Subject?

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Journal Article

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en

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http://doi.org/10.14277/2385-3042/2018/001/14

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This article re-examines the issue of grammatical relations in Mandarin Chinese in light of the results of recent large-scale typological research on grammatical relations (henceforth GRs) worldwide. Specifically, it discusses three syntactic operations and constructions that are cross-linguistically relevant to the definition of grammatical relations, namely relativisation, reflexivisation, and quantifier float. The study adopts a strictly language-internal typological approach and avails itself of natural linguistic data or sentences sanity-checked by native speakers. The aim of this paper is twofold: first, it explores the hypothesis that, in line with various other languages, GRs in Mandarin Chinese are construction-specific. Second, it proposes an alternative approach capable of explaining the conflicting evidence often pointed out in the literature on GRs and subjecthood in Mandarin Chinese.

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Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale

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Vol. 54 | Num. 1 | Giugno 2018

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Edizioni Ca’ Foscari - Digital Publishing

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2018-06-25

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2018-01-16

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2018-03-02

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1125-3789

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2385-3042

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Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution alone

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http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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Grammatical relations

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Mandarin Chinese

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Argument selectors

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Reflexivisation

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Quantifier float

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