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ERIC Number: ED393312
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 48
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Towards a Grammar of Aspect for Mandarin Chinese.
Zhang, Zheng-Sheng
A discussion of aspectual morphemes in Mandarin Chinese broadens the perspective on aspect to examine its grammar, or the relationship between aspectual and non-aspectual elements, between different aspectual elements, and between the related categories of tense, aspect, and modality. Previous assumptions about Mandarin aspectual markers are noted, evidence of distributional gaps are used to argue for the tense and modality functions of aspectual markers, two kinds of facts about the semantical compatibility between verbs and aspectual markers (situational restrictions and boundedness requirements) are used to illustrate the differentiation of functions of aspectual elements in different contexts, and two kinds of facts about the relationship between aspectual elements (co-occurrence and replacement patterns) are used to illustrate the differences and similarities in functions between these elements and between their variants. In addition, the variation in obligatoriness across contexts is used to argue for the variable extent of grammaticalization for different variants of aspectual elements. Results are summarized and some remaining problems are addressed. Contains 26 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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