Aspect In Mandarin Chinese: A Corpus-based Study (Studies in by Richard Xiao †, Tony McEnery

By Richard Xiao †, Tony McEnery

Chinese language, as a facet language, has performed a big function within the improvement of element thought. This publication is a scientific and based exploration of the linguistic units that Mandarin chinese language employs to specific aspectual meanings. The paintings awarded this is the 1st corpus-based account of point in chinese language, encompassing either state of affairs element and point of view element. In utilizing corpus info, the e-book seeks to accomplish a wedding among theory-driven and corpus-based ways to linguistics. The corpus-based version provided explores element at either the semantic and grammatical degrees. on the semantic point a two-level version of state of affairs element is proposed, which covers either the lexical and sentential degrees, therefore giving a greater account of the compositional nature of scenario point. on the grammatical point 4 perfective and 4 imperfective features in chinese language are explored intimately. This exploration corrects many intuition-based misconceptions, and linked deceptive conclusions, approximately point in chinese language universal within the literature.

Show description

Read Online or Download Aspect In Mandarin Chinese: A Corpus-based Study (Studies in Language Companion Series) PDF

Similar chinese books

Barron's AP Chinese Language and Culture

This brand-new guide prepares scholars for a subject matter that has simply been additional to the complicated Placement software. Separate sections evaluation all components of the hot examination: Listening, interpreting, Grammar, conversing, and tradition. every one part additionally contains routines, and the listening and examining sections contain perform questions with resolution keys and solution reasons.

Chinese Modern: The Heroic and the Quotidian (Post-Contemporary Interventions)

Chinese language glossy examines the most important episodes within the production of chinese language modernity in the course of the turbulent 20th century. reading a wealthy array of literary, visible, theatrical, and cinematic texts, Xiaobing Tang portrays the cultural transformation of China from the early 1900s throughout the founding of the People’s Republic, the deploy of the socialist realist aesthetic, the cave in of the belief of utopia within the aftermath of the Cultural Revolution, and the sluggish cannibalization of the socialist previous via shopper tradition on the century’s finish.

Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits

Invoice Porter (Red Pine) trekked via China's distant Chungnan Mountains looking for hermits. classes of religious knowledge emerge from his interviews with greater than twenty female and male hermits. "A stupendous corrective to fashionable American Zen practice". -- Jim Harrison, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review"(A) interesting book".

Basic Chinese : a grammar and workbook

This paintings is pitched at post-GCSE competence point, providing a clean method of combining grammar and routines. it really is perfect to be used on all direction kinds and comprises an workout resolution key and Chinese-English/English-Chinese vocabularies. summary: Introduces the necessities of chinese language syntax.

Additional info for Aspect In Mandarin Chinese: A Corpus-based Study (Studies in Language Companion Series)

Sample text

These diVerences, nevertheless, are not inherent in situation aspect. 3). Viewpoint aspect, on the other hand, varies signiWcantly between languages, because it is primarily a grammatical concept, and grammars vary across languages. ” Therefore, while viewpoint aspects such as the perfective and the imperfective may have more or less the same or similar function crosslinguistically (cf. 4), their forms may diVer radically. For example, although perfectives in both English and Russian construe a situation as a whole, the English perfectives take the non-progressive form whereas their Russian counterparts take the form of derived preWxed verbs (cf.

Although ‘event type’ and ‘situation type’ are frequently used interchangeably in the literature, they are used diVerently in this book. Event is used as a term for a dynamic situation in opposition to a state, and situation is preferred as a term inclusive of both event and state. With these deWnitions in place, we can return to the examples under consideration. The situation described in these two sentences refers to the same building event, but is presented from diVerent perspectives. (2a) presents the event in its entirety, implying that the garden was built to completion; in contrast, (2b) focuses only on the progressive part of the event with no information as to its completion.

The beacon Xashed 5 times in a row. The beacon kept Xashing 5 times at a stretch. The beacon Xashed 5 times at a stretch for 3 hours. The successive process is shown by sentences (4a) to (4e) as follows: (4a) bounded → (4b) unbounded → (4c) bounded → (4d) unbounded → (4e) bounded. Thus, (4a), (4c) and (4e) are perfective whereas (4b) and (4d) are imperfective. Here Zhang is clearly conXating viewpoint aspect with situation aspect by substituting the concept of perfectivity with that of boundedness.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.19 of 5 – based on 50 votes