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《Foreign Language Research》 2017-06
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The Chinese Causative Clause: A Functional Approach

He Wei;Zhang Rui-jie;Beijing Foreign Studies University;University of Science and Technology Beijing;  
Previous studies of Chinese typical causative clauses involving words such as shi,ling and rang are mainly carried out from the perspective of traditional grammar. This paper investigates semantic features and syntactic structures of Chinese causative clauses within the framework of Systemic Functional Linguistics. The research shows that the semantic configuration of the causative clause is Causer + Process + Caused,within which the Causer and the Caused represent a situation respectively. Syntactically,the causative clause is a simple clause featured by the structure of Subject + Predicate + Complement,within which the Subject and the Complement are,in principle,filled respectively by a clause. The paper carries out a thorough research of the causative process and proposes a new classification standard,followed by a detailed functional semantic and syntactic analysis of its two participant roles.
【Fund】: 北京市社科基金项目“英汉语功能句法分析之计算机模式研究”(16YYB015)的阶段性成果
【CateGory Index】: H146.3
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