City University of Hong Kong CLASS CLASS
Making Sense of Grammar
1 like 0 dislike
140 views
Why is 打毛衣 acceptable, while *打衣服 is not?
asked Apr 6, 2018 in Questions about Chinese Grammar by admin (25,240 points)
edited Apr 26, 2018 by admin | 140 views

1 Answer

0 like 0 dislike

“打” is an action of hand, which is the basic semantic feature of “打”. 

The verb phrase 打毛衣 is lexicalized to denote the action of "knitting." The lexicalization of this phrase is centered on the noun 毛衣. On the other hand, in the verb phrase 打衣服, the noun 衣服 doesn't serve the same function. Therefore, 打 only conveys the core meaning of hit in this phrase. 

answered Apr 6, 2018 by admin (25,240 points)
edited Apr 13, 2018 by admin

1,332 questions

1,628 answers

14 comments

8,461 users

1,332 questions
1,628 answers
14 comments
8,461 users