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Study on the Part-of-speech and Semantic Coercion of Buzzword Construction “X Li X Qi”

Yongjin Wu*, Shiqing Huang

Foreign Studies College, Hunan Normal University, 36 Lushan Road, Yuelu District, 410081, Changsha, Hunan, China.

*Corresponding author: Yongjin Wu

Published: September 5,2022 How to cite this paper


This thesis aims to investigate whether the choice of “X” in the buzzword construction “X Li X Qi” is at random or needs to conform to certain laws. In this study, a large-scale closed corpus has been built and 436 kinds of “X Li X Qi” items are retrieved by virtue of it. The study has explored the sanction restrictions of the buzzword construction “X Li X Qi” on the variable “X” from the aspects of its part of speech and semantic coercion based on the construction grammar. In this construction, the majority of “X” entering this construction are nouns while adjectives account for a very small amount. Moreover, “Xnoun” are always coerced into weakening their referential and profiling the predicative themselves. As for the semantic coercion, the construction coerces the lexical item “X” into a meaning of non-derogation and profile the state distinction of “Xadjective” and endows the variable “X” with a meaning of “increase of quantity of degree”.

KEYWORDS: Buzzword construction, X Li X Qi, Construction coercion, Sanction restrictions


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How to cite this paper

Yongjin Wu, Shiqing Huang. Study on the Part-of-speech and Semantic Coercion of Buzzword Construction “X Li X Qi”. OAJRC Social Science, 2022, 3(1), 91-96.

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