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¥3,500,000 (Direct Cost: ¥3,500,000)
Fiscal Year 2003: ¥900,000 (Direct Cost: ¥900,000)
Fiscal Year 2002: ¥1,100,000 (Direct Cost: ¥1,100,000)
Fiscal Year 2001: ¥1,500,000 (Direct Cost: ¥1,500,000)
This research concerns various constructions in Modern Chinese that function to encode the perception of events in the objective world The purpose of this research is to categorize these constructions in a systematic and interconnected way from the standpoint of meaning, function and structure, and by so doing, to attempt to clarify the motivations for the different categories of perception of Chinese speakers as reflected in the oonhuities and oppositions between the constructions. Specifically, this research is chiefly concerned with Double-Subject Constructions, Passive Constructions, Causative Constructions, Benefactive Constructions, Resultative Constructions, "Ba" Constructions, and "De" Constructions. It incorporates insights from modern Cognitive Linguistics, Typological Studies and Chinese Dialectology as well as from neighboring disciplines such as Japanese Linguistics. The aim has been to discover new facts through the dynamic exchange of views and scientific debate among foreign and domestic researchers as well as to achieve our original through deeper examination and theoretical grounding of problems.
As a result of this research, various characteristics of Chinese constructions that had hitherto gone unnoticed have been categorized in an interconnected, lucid, and theoretically grounded manner in connection with the continuities and differences existing between different categories of event perception. This represents a great advance and new development in the study of constructions in Chinese.