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Title: A Corpus-Based Study of Mandarin Soaking Verbs PAO and JIN.
Authors: 鍾曉芳
Contributors: 英文系
Keywords: Polysemous near-synonyms;MARVS;semantic extension
Date: 2012.03
Issue Date: 2013-12-13 16:07:50 (UTC+8)
Abstract: A multi-level analysis of the polysemous Mandarin near-synonymous pair PÀO and JÌN is undertaken in this work. We provide a step-by-step account of meanings, which includes analyses of morphemes, argument structures, sense distributions and a later discussion of their possible extensions, as well as a representation of event modules of both verbs. In incorporating the Module-Attribute Representation of Verbal Semantics (MARVS) proposed by Huang and colleagues (2000), it was discovered that PÀO has a wider semantic extension than JÌN does. Although the event structure of 'soak objects in liquid' was found for both verbs, PÀO was found to be a composite event of a dual process-state, with the event-internal attribute 'toward saturation' [−saturation], while JÌN was found to be a simplex event with an inchoative state, reflecting the event-internal attribute 'saturated' [+saturation]. In addition, PÀO collocates with the goal of 'hot spring' but JÌN does not. Focusing on the core sense of 'soak objects in liquid', we also discussed the possible semantic extensions of PÀO and JÌN and discovered some metaphorical extensions, such as Part-Whole metonymy, CONTAINER metaphors, and a MASS-COUNT image schema.
Relation: International Journal of Computer Processing of Languages (IJCPOL) (Special Issue)., 24,(1),.pp. 17-36
Data Type: article
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