Journal article

Placement events in Zhuang

Yongxian Luo

Lingua | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2019

Abstract

This study explores the linguistic encoding of placement events in Zhuang, a Tai dialect spoken in south China's Guangxi Province. Focusing on the placement verb PUT/PLACE, this paper provides a typological description of caused motion in this semantic domain. The results reveal patterns of syntactic constructions that are consistent with generalisations of placement events in cross-linguistic investigations with respect to semantic specificity of verb types, while also unveiling some language-specific features pertaining to the nature of relationship between Figure and Ground.

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