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In my open-source dictionary a contributor has suggested a verbal reading for 块: to cut/chop into pieces, noting that in this 'verbal sense' it is always reduplicated. I cannot find this in either CC-CEDICT or ABC. In my corpus of movie subtitles I find 10 attestations of 块块 (see below), all of them preceded by 一, and often as 成一块块 or as 块块的.

I am asking for an analysis and suggestions. Does 一块块 belong in a dictionary as a headword? Should it be marked as an adverb, a complement ("into pieces"), or something else? Or, is there in fact a verbal reading of 块?

Attestations:

一块块的找

把躯体一块块进行肢解

哦,把他们砍成一块块?

要是再玩大男人的鬼把戏 我把你从头到脚一块块切下来

灰熊的领地被公路切分成一块块 使他们限制在很小的范围内

我要把你剁成一块块 交给吉迪恩,你这个淫妇!

唯见一块块血淋淋的你和我"

这里面一块块的

把她的脸割成一块块

还有一块块的

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  • “一XX” is a very common pattern where X could be any measure word Dec 1 '17 at 13:03
  • This is a grammar topic, see e.g. CCG 2.10 Reduplication of measure words: measure words may often be reduplicated to mean plurality or exclusiveness. E.g.条条大路通罗马。个个都有责任。These reduplications may be preceded by the numeral 一 to mean "every" and may be used attributively like a "numeral + measure word" phrase:一朵朵花、一门门课程、一个个旅客。The attributive indicator 的 may also be included after the reduplication to mean "many": 一座座的桥、一台台的电脑。Reduplication of measure words together with their attached numeral 一,however, means "one after another":一个一个地(地 used to mark descriptive adverbials)\一步一步地、一口一口地。
    – user6065
    Dec 1 '17 at 15:43
  • This is very useful and I'd upvote as an answer, but I cannot do that for a comment. Thank you.
    – g.u.
    Dec 1 '17 at 17:20
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First, it's not a verbal reading of 块.

Second, 一块块 could be used as adjective, adverb or a complement, meaning 'into pieces' or 'pieces of'.

Examples(as an adjective, modifying a noun): 一块块肉,一块块面包,...

Examples(as an adverb, modifying a verb): 一块块地找,一块块地切下来,...

Examples(as a complement): "哦,把他们砍成一块块?", "灰熊的领地被公路切分成一块块";

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一块块 is just short for 一块一块

Try to speak very fast, 一块一块 just sounds like 一块块

So there is nothing else about this. And like :

一种种,一个个,一份份,一点点,一句句

To many of them. Almost all words like 一... can be said like this.

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