Typological shift in lexicalizing motion events: The case of Wenzhou

  title={Typological shift in lexicalizing motion events: The case of Wenzhou},
  author={Jingxia Lin},
  journal={Linguistic Typology},
  pages={1 - 38}
  • Jingxia Lin
  • Published 11 April 2020
  • Linguistics
  • Linguistic Typology
Abstract Typological shift in lexicalizing motion events has hitherto been observed cross-linguistically. While over time, Chinese has shown a shift from a dominantly verb-framed language in Old Chinese to a strongly satellite-framed language in Modern Standard Mandarin, this study presents the Chinese dialect Wenzhou, which has taken a step further than Standard Mandarin and other Chinese dialects in becoming a thoroughly satellite-framed language. On the one hand, Wenzhou strongly disfavors… 
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