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An Exo-Skeletal Analysis of Complex-Path Motion Predicates in Taiwan Mandarin

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posted on 2021-07-23, 12:05 authored by Pin-Hsi ChenPin-Hsi Chen
This study analyzes the syntactic structure of motion predicates in Mandarin, with a specific focus on how the language expresses paths of motion and telicity. It adopts a generative-constructionist model called the Exo-Skeletal Model. Data were gathered from three native speakers of Mandarin living in Taiwan, using video prompts depicting various types of motion events. Upon seeing a prompt, the speakers produced a sentence or sentences describing the event in the prompt. Based on the data, this study points out a number of syntactic patterns unique to Mandarin, and it proposes an explanatory account of these patterns.


Degree Type

  • Doctor of Philosophy


  • Linguistics

Campus location

  • West Lafayette

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Elena Benedicto

Additional Committee Member 2

Elaine Francis

Additional Committee Member 3

Mary Niepokuj

Additional Committee Member 4

Alice Chi-Ying Wang