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A Nonmovement Analysis of the Rang-Construction in Mandarin Chinese Author: Chun-yin Doris Chen(Department of English, National Taiwan Normal University)


The main purpose of this paper is to examine the "Rang-Construction" in Chinese within the Barriers framework (Chomsky 1986). It is argued that there are two types of "rang-sentences": one is causative, and the other passsive. Moreover, under the non-movement approach, "rang" is claimed to behave like a control verb taking a CP com-plement. In both types of the construction, PRO is obligatorily present in the subject position, while in the latter type in order to get the passive reading pro must appear in the object position.

Keywords:Rang-Sentences, Causative Construction, Passive Construction, Barriers, Non-movement Approach

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