Perfective aspect and accomplishment situations in Mandarin Chinese

Hooi Ling Soh, Jenny Yi Chun Kuo

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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 languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPerspectives on Aspect
EditorsAngeliek van Hout, Henriette de Swart, Henk Verkuyl
Place of PublicationDordrecht
Number of pages18
StatePublished - 2005

Publication series

NameStudies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics
ISSN (Print)1873-0043
ISSN (Electronic)2215-1788

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Publisher Copyright:
© 2005, Springer.


  • -le
  • accomplishment
  • Aspect
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • mass and count nouns


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