Quantitative Analysis of “ADV+N” via Cognitive Property Knowledgebase

  • Bin Li
  • Yan Ma
  • Xueyang Liu
  • Xuri Tang
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8922)


The “ADV+N” construction is a special phenomenon in mandarin Chinese. The rule is widely accepted that the nouns having descriptive semantic features are more likely to be used in the construction. However, the descriptive semantic features are casually used in previous works. How many semantic features a noun has and how strong the relationship between the noun and feature are not well studied. In this paper, we consult the Chinese Cognitive Property Knowledgebase to get the semantic features of the nouns. We find that the salient features of a noun permit the noun to be used in the “ADV+N” construction. Then we put forward a metonymy model to explain the mechanism of the ADV+N construction. However, we also find that many nouns having salient features can not be used in the “ADV+N” construction.


ADV+N Cognitive Property Language Knowledgebase Cognitive Linguistics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Chinese Language and LiteratureNanjing Normal UniversityNanjingChina
  2. 2.Foreign Language SchoolHuazhong University of Science and TechnologyWuhanChina

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