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Acquisition of Bèi 被 and Bǎ 把, L1
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Acquisition of the 把-construction (“ba”) and the bèi 被-construction (“bei”) refers to the process of how ba and bei are attained by Chinese children acquiring Mandarin. ba and bei are two well-known constructions in Mandarin that involve a reorganization of the grammatical functions found in sentences with a canonical np1 v np2 word order. In ba, which takes the np1 ba np2 v form, np2 (henceforth the ba np) is often, though not always, as we will see below, the theme object of the verb (see Sybesma …

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Xiaolu YANG, “Acquisition of Bèi 被 and Bǎ 把, L1”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 31 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_000103>
First published online: 2015

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