The Influence of Translated Later Han Buddhist Sutras on the Development of the Chinese Disposal Construction

in Cahiers de Linguistique Asie Orientale
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Between the Han and Tang dynasties, the Serial Verb Construction underwent aseries of developments and changes. The BA construction was one result. Interestingly, these changes are mainly revealed in translated Buddhist sutras. The new grammatical forms not only emerged in Buddhist texts earlier than native forms, but also with higher occurrence rates. We compare and contrast the differences of the disposal construction as seen in translated Buddhist sutras and in native Chinese documents, tracing its development processes.

Cahiers de Linguistique Asie Orientale

East Asian Languages and Linguistics

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