Aspect in Mandarin Chinese

Aspect in Mandarin Chinese : A corpus-based study

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Chinese, as an aspect language, has played an important role in the development of aspect theory. This book is a systematic and structured exploration of the linguistic devices that Mandarin Chinese employs to express aspectual meanings. The work presented here is the first corpus-based account of aspect in Chinese, encompassing both situation aspect and viewpoint aspect. In using corpus data, the book seeks to achieve a marriage between theory-driven and corpus-based approaches to linguistics. The corpus-based model presented explores aspect at both the semantic and grammatical levels. At the semantic level a two-level model of situation aspect is proposed, which covers both the lexical and sentential levels, thus giving a better account of the compositional nature of situation aspect. At the grammatical level four perfective and four imperfective aspects in Chinese are explored in detail. This exploration corrects many intuition-based misconceptions, and associated misleading conclusions, about aspect in Chinese common in the literature.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 305 pages
  • 157.5 x 221 x 25.4mm | 612.36g
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1588116018
  • 9781588116017

Table of contents

1. Preface; 2. Abbreviations and symbols; 3. Introduction; 4. Two-component aspect theory; 5. Situation aspect; 6. The perfective aspects in Chinese; 7. The imperfective aspects in Chinese; 8. Aspect marking in English and Chinese; 9. From the study of aspect to constractive grammar; 10. Bibliography; 11. Indexshow more