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


Mandarin Chinese as an aspect language has played an important role in the
development of aspect theory. Nearly all of the major works on aspect theory
make reference to Chinese. We decided to write this book because we felt that
in spite of the importance of Chinese to aspect theory the exploration of aspect
in Chinese, and by association aspect theory, was incomplete. Hence we began
the work presented in this book which gives what we believe to be an accurate
and complete account of aspect in Mandarin Chinese, encompassing both
situation aspect and viewpoint aspect.
This book is the first corpus-based study of aspect in Chinese. Unlike
previous research on aspect, which has not always taken attested language use
into account, the model of aspect presented here was developed and tested
using corpus data. In using corpus data, we have sought to achieve a marriage
between theory-driven and corpus-based approaches to linguistics, a goal we
see as very important.

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