Modeling temporal progression in Mandarin: aspect markers and temporal relations

dc.contributor.advisorAsher, Nicholasen
dc.creatorWu, Jiun-shiungen
dc.date.accessioned2008-08-28T21:45:23Zen
dc.date.available2008-08-28T21:45:23Zen
dc.date.issued2003en
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation examines how the aspectual properties of aspect markers in Mandarin affect the temporal relations between clauses. The significant point (SigP) analysis is proposed to account for the aspectual properties of aspect markers. The SigP for an event/eventuality is defeasibly inferred from the situation types of that event/eventuality. The SigP for accomplishment and achievement is their natural final endpoint. Accomplishment differs from achievement in that the former has a noticeable process between its initial endpoint and its natural final endpoint, while the initial endpoint and the natural final endpoint of the latter coincide. The SigP for activity is undefined because it does not have a natural final endpoint. The SigP for the kind of state with an initial endpoint is its initial endpoint while the SigP for the kind of state without an initial endpoint is undefined.
dc.description.departmentLinguisticsen
dc.format.mediumelectronicen
dc.identifierb5747641xen
dc.identifier.oclc57192622en
dc.identifier.proqst3116239en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/1083en
dc.language.isoengen
dc.rightsCopyright is held by the author. Presentation of this material on the Libraries' web site by University Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works.en
dc.subject.lcshChinese language--Temporal constructionsen
dc.subject.lcshChinese language--Semanticsen
dc.titleModeling temporal progression in Mandarin: aspect markers and temporal relationsen
dc.type.genreThesisen
thesis.degree.departmentLinguisticsen
thesis.degree.disciplineLinguisticsen
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen

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