22nd Mar 2010Posted in: Linguistics, Research 0
From Ability to Permission: The grammaticalisation pathway of ho in Chinese


This mini project aims to trace the grammatical pathway of ho () in Chinese. Ho originally denoted ability and has grammaticalised into modality of permission via several stages. The discussion is according to the grammaticalisation pathway to permission suggested by (Bybee et al. 1994). Following the Introduction section, the pathway is illustrated with the help of can in English in section two. In section three, the tokens of ho taken in ancient Chinese are analyzed. In section four, the pathway for ho would be charted. Finally, section five is the summarized section while the remaining research questions are noted.

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