'Serial-verb-constructions' in motion event encoding - morphological, syntactic, and contextual aspects

In the domain of motion event encoding, Mandarin Chinese is often referred to when it comes to languages that are 'in between' the well-known verb-framed vs. satellite-framed distinction (Talmy 1985). Slobin (2004) classified Mandarin as an equipollently-framed language, i.e., a language, in which path and manner information is distributed over two "equal" verbs. The structure that Slobin had in mind when he made this proposal is the so called "serial-verb-construction". However, a closer look at Mandarin Chinese raises some important questions which 1) relate to the context in which speakers actually use a serial verb construction and not just either one verb that encodes manner of motion or just one verb that encodes information about the path (which happens frequently!), and 2) whether or not, it is even justified to analyze the lexical units that are combined as being verbs. These two questions are in the focus of this project.

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