Multiple Complementation

  • Yen-Hui Audrey Li
Part of the Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory book series (SNLT, volume 19)


In chapters 1 and 2 I showed that both subcategorized clauses and NPs need to be assigned Case, where Case assignment obeys the directionality and adjacency conditions. The directionality and adjacency requirements on Case assigment capture a wide range of facts concerning word order in Chinese. For example, the ungrammaticality of [V NP duration/frequency] is accounted for by the claim that the V cannot assign Case to both the NP and the duration/frequency NP simultaneously. Therefore, the V reduplication process is invoked to salvage the structure.


Word Order Adjacency Condition Indirect Object Case Assignment Passive Sentence 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yen-Hui Audrey Li
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  1. 1.Department of LinguisticsUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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