Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info


New from Oxford University Press!

ad

Vowel Length From Latin to Romance

By Michele Loporcaro

This book "draws on extensive empirical data, including from lesser known varieties" and "puts forward a new account of a well-known diachronic phenomenon."


New from Cambridge University Press!

ad

Letter Writing and Language Change

Edited By Anita Auer, Daniel Schreier, and Richard J. Watts

This book "challenges the assumption that there is only one 'legitimate' and homogenous form of English or of any other language" and "supports the view of different/alternative histories of the English language and will appeal to readers who are skeptical of 'standard' language ideology."


Academic Paper


Title: Nonveridicality and Existential Polarity Wh-Phrases in Mandarin
Author: Zhiguo Xie
Email: click here TO access email
Institution: Cornell University
Linguistic Field: Semantics
Subject Language: Chinese, Mandarin
Abstract: In this paper I first gave a more detailed description of the distribution of Mandarin Chinese EPWs than available in the literature. Then I examined two influential treatments of NPIs in the context of EPWs: von Fintel's Strawson Downward Entailment analysis and Giannakidou's Nonveridicality analysis. I showed that neither of them can capture all the relevant data. The Nonveridicality proposal does a better joh in that it only falls short of the sensitivity of EPWs to some aspect operators. Drawing on Klein et al (2000)'s analysis of Mandarin/L/Chinese aspect particles, I revised Giannakidou's Nonveridicality for aspectual/temporal operators to cover the 'problematic' data. If the analysis proposed in this paper is on the right track, it would provide cross-linguistic support to Giannakidou's Nonveridicality analysis of polarity items, which is flexible enough to account for crosslinguistic variation.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: Proceedings of CLS 43.


Add a new paper
Return to Academic Papers main page
Return to Directory of Linguists main page