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Title: Aspectual classification of mandarin Chinese verbs : a perspective of scale structure
Authors: Peck, JeeYoung
Lin, Jingxia
Sun, Chaofen
Keywords: DRNTU::Humanities::Language::Chinese
Issue Date: 2013
Source: Peck, J., Lin, J., & Sun, C. (2013). Aspectual classification of Mandarin Chinese verbs : a perspective of scale structure. Language and linguistics, 14(4), 663-700.
Series/Report no.: Language and linguistics
Abstract: Previous studies of the lexical aspect of verbs following Vendler (1967) cannot account for verbs of degree achievements (Dowty 1979, Hay et al. 1999, among others). Building on recent studies on ”scale structure” (Hay et al. 1999, Rappaport Hovav & Levin 2010, among others). We introduce a new aspectual feature [±scale] into the traditional Vendler system in order to more comprehensively account for a wider range of verbs. By analyzing verbs/verbal compounds from Mandarin Chinese and following the scalar approach, we propose six aspectual classes that are needed not only to adequately accommodate degree achievements, but also to provide a fuller account of all the verbs. This scalar approach can be applied to the aspectual classification of natural languages in general.
ISSN: 1606-822X
Schools: School of Humanities and Social Sciences 
Rights: © 2013 The Author(s). This paper was published in Language and Linguistics and is made available as an electronic reprint (preprint) with permission of the Author(s). The paper can be found at the following official URL: One print or electronic copy may be made for personal use only. Systematic or multiple reproduction, distribution to multiple locations via electronic or other means, duplication of any material in this paper for a fee or for commercial purposes, or modification of the content of the paper is prohibited and is subject to penalties under law.
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