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《Journal of Foreign Languages》 2017-06
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The Collocation Features of English Light Verb and Deverbal Noun:An Empirical Study Based on the Distribution of Lexical Aspect

ZENG Tianjiao;JIA Guanjie;School of Foreign Languages,Soochow University;College of Foreign Languages,Guizhou Medical University;  
This paper adopts the aspectual theory and investigates the collocation features of six types of light verb constructions( LVCs)( make/do/get/have/give/take) based on Smith's( 1997) classification of lexical aspect.Corpus data and native speakers' ratings suggest that 1) Most deverbal nouns are converted from dynamic verbs,and"achievements"and"semelfactives"have dominant distributions; 2) Different light verbs collocate with deverbal nouns of different aspectual properties.The collocation pattern is predicted by"Punctuality"instead of"Resultativity"; 3) Legitimate LVCs are not necessarily composed of light verbs and deverbal nouns of the same aspectual types.The results can be explained by aspectual compatibility and the"intention"-highlighting function of light verb constructions.
【Fund】: 国家社科基金项目“英汉程式语心理表征模式对比研究”(12BYY009)
【CateGory Index】: H314
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