sōuxún (搜寻)

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Literally, Mandarin does not have a simple word for SEARCH FOR. The meaning of sou in Mandarin is only 'search' or 'check'. The closest counterpart of SEARCH FOR in Mandarin is a compound sou-xun (lit. 'search–look for'). The property of compounding restricts its alternations.

Coding frame

Complex Verb form
Verb type: VV

Examples

(268)
Jǐngchá zài sōuxún xiányífàn.
jingcha
police
zai
PRES
souxun
search.for
xianyifan
suspect
‘The police are searching for the suspect.’
(185)
Jǐngchá zài dàlù shàng sōuxún xiányífàn.
jingcha
police
zai
PRES
da
big
lu
road
shang
top
souxun
search.for
xianyifan
suspect
‘The police are searching for the suspect on the big road.’

Verb meaning , Microroles , Coding sets and Argument types

# SEARCH FOR Coding set Argument type
1 searcher Ø A
2 searched for thing Ø P

Alternations

Alternation name Occurs Examples
C
N y
C
N y
C
N y
C
M y
(184)
‘It is very difficult to search for such a kid from within such a huge crowd.’
C
N y
(299)
‘*The police have searched for the suspect.’
C
N y
C
M y
(106)
‘The suspect has been searched for for many times.’