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ERIC Number: ED026625
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968
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Aspects of the Chinese Verb.
Thompson, J. Charles
Linguistics, v38 1968
It has long been realized that tense is not a feature of the Chinese verb system, which is controlled by a set of particles attached to the verb or to the sentence as a whole. The various usages involving these particles have been listed and described, the author points out, but the system as a whole has not been clearly defined. He suggests the possibility of formulating a concept of time, contrasted with the tense concept of the Indo-European languages, that "goes far to give a unified view of the temporal particles." To appreciate the uses of temporal particles in Chinese, one should think of time as a series of discontinuous units occurring in succession, "like separate beads coming one after the other on a string." The particles "le,""ne,""guoh,""jy," and one use of "de," as well as the sentence without a temporal marker are examined. This paper deals specifically with Mandarin Chinese. (AMM)
Linguistics, Mouton & Company, P.O. Box 1132, The Hague, The Netherlands ($4.00).
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