wén (闻)

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wén matches smell closely both semantically and syntactically. When used in BA and BEI constructions, wén is usually followed by a complement to indicate manner of smelling, for syntactic and phonological reasons.

Coding frame

Simplex Verb form

Example

(20)
Jiějie wéndàole huāxiāng.
jiejie
elder.sister
wen-dao-le
smell-COM-PERF
hua-xiang
flower-fragrance
‘My elder sister smelled fragrance of flower.’

Verb meaning , Microroles , Coding sets and Argument types

# SMELL Coding set Argument type
1 smeller Ø A
2 smelled entity Ø P

Alternations

Alternation name Occurs Examples
C
N y
C
N y
C
R y
(110)
‘The little dog ran in and smelled the whole room once.’
C
N y
C
R y
(111)
‘Right after I entered the room the little dog thoroughly smelled me once.’
C
R y
(112)
‘This type of perfume smells in such a way that it makes me feel dizzy.’
C
N y