On the Derivation of the Non-Canonical Object Construction in Mandarin Chinese


  • Haojie Li Southwest University of Political Science and Law
  • Tongde Zhang East China University of Technology




non-canonical object construction, phase, phase extension, derivation mechanism


This paper makes a study of the derivation of the non-canonical object construction in Mandarin Chinese. In light of the transitivity of verbs, two cases in the NOC are discussed: a) the non-canonical object construction with transitive verbs and b) the non-canonical object construction with unergative verbs. Based on the theory of phase and phase extension, a mixture of direct object properties and PP object properties in the non-canonical object construction can be explained in that the non-canonical object is licensed by both the preposition and the verb.

Author Biography

Haojie Li, Southwest University of Political Science and Law

School of Foreign Languages


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