Categorical Status of the Chinese Negative Operator "Bu"


This paper studies the property of negative operator through the combination process between the negator and a certain sentential element. Categorical Grammar (CG) is employed here as the main theoretical framework. The syntactic categories of negative marker, when subject, predicate, modifying stricture and object are respectively negated, can be summarized as XNEG │X. four features of CG are summarized that are manifested in the explanation of negation. As an embodiment of the trend of lexicalism, CG is the linguistic method that is used to explore the secrets of negation from lexical perspective. As a compatible theory, CG works well with other linguistic or non- linguistic theories to present to us a relatively clear picture of he focus of negation.


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