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Is word order flexible in serial-verb construction? 
asked Feb 21, 2018 in Questions about Chinese Grammar by admin (23,690 points)

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The placement of the two verb phrases in a series is sometimes flexible. Such flexibility is shown in the possibility for either verb to take a perfective marker Le (了) or negation marker bù (不).

他在廚房裡喝咖啡看報

(t¯a z`ai ch´uf´ang l˘ı h¯e k¯af¯ei k`an b`ao/ He is drinking coffee and reading the newspaper in the kitchen.)

他在廚房裡看報喝咖啡

(t¯a z`ai ch´uf´ang l˘ı k`an b`ao h¯e k¯af¯ei/ He is reading the newspaper and drinking coffee in the kitchen.)

他在廚房裡看了報喝咖啡

(t¯a z`ai ch´uf´ang l˘ı k`an -le b`ao h¯e k¯af¯ei/ He read the newspaper and drank coffee in the kitchen)

他在廚房裡看報喝了咖啡

(t¯a z`ai ch´uf´ang l˘ı k`an b`ao h¯e-le k¯af¯ei/ He read the newspaper and drank coffee in the kitchen)

他在廚房裡不喝咖啡看報

(t¯a z`ai ch´uf´ang l˘ı b`u h¯e k¯af¯ei k`an b`ao/ He is not drinking coffee and reading the newspaper in the kitchen.)

他在廚房裡喝咖啡不看報

(t¯a z`ai ch´uf´ang l˘ı h¯e k¯af¯ei b´u k`an b`ao/ He is drinking coffee (but) not reading the newspaper in the kitchen.)

The syntactic relationship between the two VPs in this type of serial-verb construction is perhaps parallel to each other.

Reference: Chinese: a linguistic introduction by Chao Fen Sun

answered Feb 21, 2018 by admin (23,690 points)
edited Apr 26, 2018 by admin
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yes,It's.forexample,now,I want to read and go to. sleep   and I want to go to sleep and read now .
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