qiē (切)

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qiē is often used as a monotransitive verb. It can be used in a ditransitive construction because in a cutting event that something is removed from somewhere is implied, which denotes a potential semantic element of movement and transfer of something cut off. And that semantic feature to a certain extent accords with the constructional meaning of ditransitive construction.

Coding frame

Simplex Verb form

Examples

(92)
Wǒ yòng dāo qiē ròu.
wo
1SG
yong
use
dao
knife
qie
cut
rou
meat
‘I cut meat with a knife.’
(84)
Wǒ qiē le ròu.
wo
1SG
qie-le
cut-PERF
rou
meat
‘I cut the meat.’
(284)
Ròu qiē le.
rou
meat
qie-le
cut-CRS
‘The meat is cut.’

Verb meaning , Microroles , Coding sets and Argument types

# CUT Coding set Argument type
1 cutter Ø A
2 cutting instrument yòng+NP I
3 cut thing Ø P

Alternations

Alternation name Occurs Examples
C
N y
C
R y
(85)
‘I have cut the meat.’
C
M y
(294)
‘That butcher cut two pieces of pork for him. / That butcher cut two pieces of pork and gave them to him.’
C
N y
C
R y
(130)
‘It is energy-saving to cut with this knife.’
C
N y
C
R y
(93)
‘The meat has been cut by Old Li.’
(129)
‘I have cut the meat (and made it ready for cooking).’