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date: 18 January 2021

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This chapter discusses the form-meaning covariations of noun phrases through its uses with de的, which is a grammatical marker of nominal modification, in Modern Standard Chinese. Unlike its counterparts in many languages such as the English of/’s, it is not allowed in a lexicalized item. At one end of the hypothesized lexical/grammatical continuum are the semantically unique proper nouns and kind-level common nouns, and at the other end are noun phrases marked by de with individual meanings. Uses, or non-use, of de in the middle of the continuum include word-like and phrase-like idiomatic chunks reflecting different degrees of lexicalization.

Keywords: noun phrase, nominal modification, de, form-meaning, grammatical marker, lexicalization

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