"Chinese semelfactivity between grammatical and lexical aspect"

Prof. Lamarre will discuss how preverbal yi "once" interacts with various verb classes.  Yi combines with typical semelfactive verbs, which often express bodily motions and sudden feelings, but it may also combine with verbs which have no relationship whatsoever with semelfactivity, such as posture and placement verbs (ex. wǎng huáili yī chuāi 往懷裏一揣 ).  We argue that these motion events are construed as punctiliar and atelic, and provide additional evidence for an analysis of yi as marking semelfactivity in Northern Mandarin.

Speaker(s) : Christine LAMARRE 柯理思
Department of Chinese, Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales
Date : 2014-04-22
Time : 4:30 p.m.
Venue : Room 2404, Academic Building (Lifts No. 17-18)
Language : English
Sponsor : The Dean of Humanities & Social Science, HKUST