Document Type

Book Review

Publication Date

9-2007

Abstract

The authors of this study pursue two goals. Citing examples from a large corpus of texts rather than relying primarily on native-speaker intuitions, they provide a fine-grained account of how aspect operates on both the lexical and sentential levels in contemporary Mandarin Chinese. Based on this description, they propose a number of refinements to currently existing general theories of aspect. The accompanying discussion revisits such important issues as the difference between aspect and Aktionsart, situation aspect vs. viewpoint aspect, contextual levels of analysis, and the notion of time vs. space in definitions of event boundedness.

Publication Title

Language

Volume

83

Issue

3

First Page

693

Last Page

693

Subjects - Topical (LCSH)

Chinese language--Aspect

Subjects - Names (LCNAF)

Xiao, Richard. Aspect in Mandarin Chinese, a corpus-based study

Genre/Form

reviews (documents)

Type

Text

Language

English

Format

application/pdf

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