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Title: On the Semantics of Modal Particle de in Mandarin Chinese
Author: Zhiguo Xie
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Institution: Cornell University
Linguistic Field: Semantics
Subject Language: Chinese, Mandarin
Abstract: I argue that the Mandarin modal particle de has a temporal presupposition in its ability and epistemic semantics. Hence the two uses are incompatible with past-denoting time adverbials. Elements like the contrastive focus marker hai 'still' have a temporal shifting property and can license past-denoting adverbials in modal de-sentences.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Venue: Amsterdam Colloquium 2007
Publication Info: Proceedings of the 2007 Amsterdam Colloquium.


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