This paper addresses a difference between English and Mandarin Chinese in how the perfective aspect interacts with accomplishment situations. We propose that the source of the difference lies in the different nominal systems in English and Mandarin. Specifically, while English nominal heads distinguish count nouns from mass nouns, Mandarin nominal heads do not (Chierchia 1998).
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Perspectives on Aspect|
|Editors||Angeliek van Hout, Henriette de Swart, Henk Verkuyl|
|Place of Publication||Dordrecht|
|Number of pages||18|
|State||Published - 2005|
|Name||Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics|
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- Mandarin Chinese
- mass and count nouns