Meichun Liu

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This paper explores the issues of force dynamics raised in Talmy (2000) by investigating the social interaction verbs (SIVs) in Mandarin. The ways physical entities interact with each other in terms of force relations provide the conceptual bases for various causative relations. According to Talmy, forced dynamics as a semantic category exhibits a(More)
This paper argues for the inclusion of constructional inferences in semantic representation of verbs. By examining the transitive pattern of the Mandarin verb GA N (趕) 'rush', it is found that verbal semantics can only be adequately represented if constructionally coerced information is taken into consideration. The construction [GA N + NP] renders specific(More)
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