Aspect in Mandarin Chinese: A Corpus-based Study
Richard Xiao, Tony McEnery
John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 303 pages
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.
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very grateful for the authors. Finally there is one comprehensive book about Chinese aspects, who tried to answers many long-lasting controversies. There are tons of papers and researches done on Chinese aspect, but none that integrated all the theories and aspect markers so well. A must to have as a ref book for anyone who is interested in aspects.