A constraint-based analysis of A-NOT-A questions in Mandarin Chinese
Date of Issue2015
Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
The A-NOT-A structure is one way to express polar questions in Mandarin Chinese. The present study provides a constraint-based analysis of A-NOT-A questions in Mandarin Chinese within the framework of HPSG (Pollard & Sag, 1994) and MRS (Copestake et al., 2005). We propose two possible approaches to analysing the A-NOT-A structure — a morphological/lexical approach as well as a syntactic approach — and illustrate their implementation, as well as their respective strengths and weaknesses.
Linguistics and Multilingual Studies
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