Discourse effects of lexical specification: the case of the Mandarin aspectual particle -le

Shiao Wei Tham, Hooi Ling Soh

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Abstract

We propose that the Mandarin aspectual particle -le in post-verbal position (verbal - le) marks by default the sentence it occurs in as a Narrative. We argue this effect arises from its lexical semantics: verbal -le marks a transition between two eventualities which occurs in the past relative to some reference time. We show how this meaning converges with two defining characteristics of Narrative discourse. This approach, combined with assumptions about an inference available from sentences that describe a dynamic event, is applied to account for the felicity conditions of activity verbal -le sentences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of KONVENS 2006 - Konferenz zur Verarbeitung Naturlicher Sprache
Pages181-188
Number of pages8
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006
Event8th Konferenz zur Verarbeitung Naturlicher Sprache, KONVENS 2006 - 8th Conference on Natural Language Processing, KONVENS 2006 - Konstanz, Germany
Duration: Oct 4 2006Oct 7 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings of KONVENS 2006 - Konferenz zur Verarbeitung Naturlicher Sprache

Other

Other8th Konferenz zur Verarbeitung Naturlicher Sprache, KONVENS 2006 - 8th Conference on Natural Language Processing, KONVENS 2006
CountryGermany
CityKonstanz
Period10/4/0610/7/06

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