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Le , guo and zhe in Mandarin Chinese: a relevance-theoretic account

Ljungqvist, Marita LU (2007) In Journal of East Asian Linguistics 16(3). p.193-235
Abstract
In this paper, I propose a relevance-theoretic account of the particles le, guo and zhe in Mandarin Chinese. Though conventionally regarded as aspect markers, on closer inspection they seem to contribute to a range of interpretations that cannot be subsumed under a semantic category or a specific temporal representation. The explanatory model presented in this paper builds upon relevancetheoretic ideas on encoded procedural meaning and Reichenbach’s (1947, Elements of symbolic logic. London: Macmillan) temporal schemas for the tenses and the aspects. I propose a procedure—a set of interpretational instructions (as described in, among others, Wilson and Sperber (1993b, Lingua, 90, 1–25), Blakemore (1987, Semantic constraints on relevance.... (More)
In this paper, I propose a relevance-theoretic account of the particles le, guo and zhe in Mandarin Chinese. Though conventionally regarded as aspect markers, on closer inspection they seem to contribute to a range of interpretations that cannot be subsumed under a semantic category or a specific temporal representation. The explanatory model presented in this paper builds upon relevancetheoretic ideas on encoded procedural meaning and Reichenbach’s (1947, Elements of symbolic logic. London: Macmillan) temporal schemas for the tenses and the aspects. I propose a procedure—a set of interpretational instructions (as described in, among others, Wilson and Sperber (1993b, Lingua, 90, 1–25), Blakemore (1987, Semantic constraints on relevance. Oxford: Blackwell, 2000, Journal of Linguistics, 36(3), 463–486) and Carston (2002, Thought and utterances: The pragmatics of explicit communication. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers Ltd.))—and a concept activated by the procedure for each of the particles. I show that these particles can contribute to a range of explicatures and implicatures and that their exact contribution to an utterance is highly context dependent. (Less)
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Particles, Pragmatics, Mood, Aspect, Tense, Relevance theory, Procedural meaning
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Journal of East Asian Linguistics
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3
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193 - 235
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Springer
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10.1007/s10831-007-9012-6
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  author       = {Ljungqvist, Marita},
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  keyword      = {Particles,Pragmatics,Mood,Aspect,Tense,Relevance theory,Procedural meaning},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {193--235},
  publisher    = {Springer},
  series       = {Journal of East Asian Linguistics},
  title        = {Le , guo and zhe in Mandarin Chinese: a relevance-theoretic account},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10831-007-9012-6},
  volume       = {16},
  year         = {2007},
}