ERIC Number: ED363109
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Feb
Aspect Licensing and Verb Movement in Mandarin Chinese.
CUHK Papers in Linguistics, n4 p68-87 Feb 1993
An inquiry into the internal structure of infl has led to the view in the generative grammar that universally the head of the I(nfl)P(hrase) is decompositional in that a series of functional categories can be located there, e.g. T(ense)P(hrase), Agr(eement)P(hrase), Neg(ation)P(hrase), Asp(ect)P(hrase), etc.; each of these categories projects its own Spec and head and the order of these phrasal categories is parametrically determined. a natural question arises as to how this view is reflected in the Chinese infl. In this paper, focus is on the aspect makers, such as the verbal particles "-zhe,""-le," and "-guo" in Mandarin Chinese, discussing the properties of the Chinese Infl with respect to aspect licensing. The investigation indicates hat neither verb raising to Infl (Asp) nor Infl (Asp) lowering to V takes place in the overt syntax. The analysis proposed is that aspect markers in Chinese are base-generated as verbal suffixes; they are licensed t the level of L(ogical)F(orm) via movement of the verbal complex [V+Asp] to the functional head Asp. (Author/JL)
Descriptors: Linguistic Theory, Mandarin Chinese, Structural Analysis (Linguistics), Syntax, Verbs
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: For the serial publication as a whole, see FL 021 547.