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Cognate and Dummy Objects
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The term "cognate/dummy (verb) object constructions" (henceforth DVOCs) used here refers to verb-object phrases where either the verb or the object is a "dummy" element. It intends to capture the fact that several Chinese counterparts of some English intransitive verbs are syntactically transitive. These verbs, in fact, require a complement or a direct object, and they have always a generic activity meaning, in the sense that the action denoted by the verbs is not applied to any one specific ent…

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Linda BADAN, “Cognate and Dummy Objects”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 22 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000094>
First published online: 2015

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