This article proposes the defining properties of lexical causatives in Mandarin. By integrating the constructional notions and event structure theory，the paper describes the composing patterns of lexical causatives in Chinese four-character idioms，and investigates their constructional types and the event structure factors. The compositional features of lexical causative constructions in Chinese idioms demonstrate that constrained by settled linguistic patterns，three event factors with high frequency are linguistically mentioned explicitly：causative verbs（including cause and result），causees and the relation between events in four-character lexical causative constructional idioms. The event structure encoding lexical causative constructions in Chinese idioms reflects general human cognitive mechanism：the cognitive system of attention and schema-instance organization principle exist in language and cognition.
|Translated title of the contribution||Lexical Causative Constructions in Chinese Four-Character Idioms|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 20 Jun 2017|
- lexical causative
- four-character idioms
- event structure