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    • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Lang. Lit. Linguist.
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IJLLL 2016 Vol.2(2): 50-54 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2016.2.2.66

Exploring the Aspectual Constraints on the BA Resultative in Mandarin Chinese

Jing Han
Abstract—This paper explores the aspectual constraints of the resultative expressions involving BA in Mandarin Chinese, in terms of telicity and perfective viewpoint. On the one hand, the telicity does not merely come from the aspect marker but also springs from the aspectual feature of the BA resultative per se, on the basis of an all-around comparison between the BA resultatives and the canonical expressions. While discussing the telicity in the BA resultatives, it is also necessary to consider the non-homogeneous feature and the role of the resultative element. On the other hand, this paper proposes the perfective aspectual model of the BA resultatives the analysis of which can be further combined with a sequence of three distinct time points including Event Time, Speech Time, and Reference Time. This investigation is followed by the representation of how the perfectivity is projected onto the time scale including the past perfect and the future perfect. This paper also mentions the semantic meaning of the BA expression.

Index Terms—Aspect, perfectivity, resultative, telicity.

Jing Han is with the School of Foreign Languages, Shanghai University, Shanghai, 200444 China (e-mail: hanjing99@shu.edu.cn).


Cite:Jing Han, "Exploring the Aspectual Constraints on the BA Resultative in Mandarin Chinese," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 50-54, 2016.

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