(chù)mō ((触)摸)

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(chù)mō functions largely in the same way as touch both semantically and syntactically. But Mandarin doesn't clearly denote the continuity or discontinuity of the action while touch strongly denotes the discreteness of the action, unlike feel. Therefore, can enter the Middle Construction whose constructional meaning requires a continuity interpretation of the action while touch usually cannot.

Coding frame

Simplex Verb form

Example

(31)
Nǐmen kěyǐ chùmō píngmù.
nimen
2PL
keyi
can
chumo
touch
pingmu
screen
‘You can touch the screen.’

Verb meaning , Microroles , Coding sets and Argument types

# TOUCH Coding set Argument type
1 toucher Ø A
2 touchee Ø P

Alternations

Alternation name Occurs Examples
C
N y
C
N y
C
N y
C
R y
(243)
‘It is very comfortable to touch this kind of material. / This kind of material feels very good.’
C
R y
(241)
‘I touched the screen once.’
C
N y
C
R y
(90)
‘The screen has been touched (by somebody).’
(242)
‘The screen was touched once by me.’