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Title: Aspect in Mandarin Chinese
Subtitle: A corpus-based study
Written By: Richard Xiao
Anthony Mark McEnery
Series Title: Studies in Language Companion Series 73

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.

Table of contents

Preface vii
Abbreviations and symbols ix
Introduction 1–12
Two-component aspect theory 13–32
Situation aspect 33–88
The perfective aspects in Chinese 89–180
The imperfective aspects in Chinese 181–244
Aspect marking in English and Chinese 245–280
From the study of aspect to constractive grammar 281–286
Bibliography 287–296
Index 297–303

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588116018
ISBN-13: 9781588116017
Pages: x, 305 pp.
Prices: U.S. $ 155
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027230838
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: x, 305 pp.
Prices: Europe EURO 115.00