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An Analysis of the Experiential $GUO_{EXP}$ in Mandarin: A Temporal Quantifier

Meng Yeh
Journal of East Asian Linguistics
Vol. 5, No. 2 (Apr., 1996), pp. 151-182
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20100695
Page Count: 32
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An Analysis of the Experiential $GUO_{EXP}$ in Mandarin: A Temporal Quantifier
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Abstract

The experiential marker $guo_{exp}$ in Mandarin expresses an event which has happened at least once before. Previous studies have provided valuable observations of the $guo_{exp}$-sentences; however, the suggested properties are seemingly unrelated. In this paper, the experiential marker $guo_{exp}$ is treated as a temporal quantifier, an analysis which unifies the properties of a $guo_{exp}$-sentence described in literature. The analysis is motivated by the two common characteristics shared by $guo_{exp}$ and other temporal quantifiers such as sometimes, always, etc. First, both sentences present a type of situation rather than a specific one. Second, these sentences are not temporally related to other events in a discourse. The semantics of $guo_{exp}$ is represented in the framework of Discourse Representation Theory in which temporal quantifiers can be treated uniformly.

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