Linguistics and Literature Studies Vol. 6(4), pp. 149 - 156
DOI: 10.13189/lls.2018.060401
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On the Syntax of Dynamic Verbs in Mandarin Chinese

I-hao Woo *
University of Colorado Denver, USA


Various approaches have been proposed to account for both the atelic and telic readings of a Chinese sentence containing an accomplishment verb when it is modified by the perfective aspect. In this paper, I contribute to the debate by providing a syntactic account, as many studies have indicated that recent linguistic work has demonstrated that syntactic operations are sensitive to the properties of different aspectual verb classes. Specifically, I demonstrate how different types of direct objects may impact the telicity of a sentence and show how this difference is reflected in the syntax. I assume that the computation of telicity is within the functional phrase between vP and VP. Under a spec-head relationship between the verb and the direct object, a sentence has a telic reading when the direct object contains a [+SQA] feature; in contrast, a sentence has an atelic reading when the direct object has a [-SQA] feature.

Telicity, Inner Aspect Phrase, Aspectual Verb Types, Chinese Telic Events

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[1] I-hao Woo , "On the Syntax of Dynamic Verbs in Mandarin Chinese," Linguistics and Literature Studies, Vol. 6, No. 4, pp. 149 - 156, 2018. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2018.060401.

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I-hao Woo (2018). On the Syntax of Dynamic Verbs in Mandarin Chinese. Linguistics and Literature Studies, 6(4), 149 - 156. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2018.060401.