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Title:
A quantificational theory of aspect for Chinese and English
Author:
Chen, Jianzhou
Issue Date:
2001
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
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Abstract:
To systematically express the concepts of aspectual primitives such as "boundedness", "dynamicity", "punctuality", this dissertation presents a theory of aspect in the approach of quantificational predicate logic. The theory (called "Quantificational Representation of Aspect", or QRA) is originated from temporal predicate logic, with the aid of the Reichenbach temporal theory (1947). First of all, an analogy is drawn between the boundaries (viz. the telicity property) of a situation and quantification over temporal variables. Among the temporal variables, t and i together specify two boundaries of a situation, while r (reference time) and s (speech time) provide further temporal information necessary for aspectual interpretations. The theory thus presents a predicate fitted out with four temporal arguments--- s, r, t, i, in addition to its syntactic argument(s). Meanwhile, the (logical) relations among these arguments render the precise interpretation of each aspectual category. For example, John kissed Mary, a perfective sentence with an activity verb, is expressed under QRA as "∃s∃r∃t∀iKISS(s, r, t, i, john, mary), r = t + i ∧ r ≤ s". QRA offers a stronger expressive power than the traditional aspectual theories based on definitions or typology (e.g. Comrie 1976 and Bybee et al. 1994). Additionally, this theory has the advantage of explicating certain temporal characteristics of aspects, for instance, quantification over intervals (i.e. successive moments) that temporal predicate logic (relating two moments in time) is unable to achieve.
Type:
text; Dissertation-Reproduction (electronic)
Keywords:
Language, Linguistics.
Degree Name:
Ph.D.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Linguistics
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Langendoen, D. Terence

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dc.titleA quantificational theory of aspect for Chinese and Englishen_US
dc.creatorChen, Jianzhouen_US
dc.contributor.authorChen, Jianzhouen_US
dc.date.issued2001en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractTo systematically express the concepts of aspectual primitives such as "boundedness", "dynamicity", "punctuality", this dissertation presents a theory of aspect in the approach of quantificational predicate logic. The theory (called "Quantificational Representation of Aspect", or QRA) is originated from temporal predicate logic, with the aid of the Reichenbach temporal theory (1947). First of all, an analogy is drawn between the boundaries (viz. the telicity property) of a situation and quantification over temporal variables. Among the temporal variables, t and i together specify two boundaries of a situation, while r (reference time) and s (speech time) provide further temporal information necessary for aspectual interpretations. The theory thus presents a predicate fitted out with four temporal arguments--- s, r, t, i, in addition to its syntactic argument(s). Meanwhile, the (logical) relations among these arguments render the precise interpretation of each aspectual category. For example, John kissed Mary, a perfective sentence with an activity verb, is expressed under QRA as "∃s∃r∃t∀iKISS(s, r, t, i, john, mary), r = t + i ∧ r ≤ s". QRA offers a stronger expressive power than the traditional aspectual theories based on definitions or typology (e.g. Comrie 1976 and Bybee et al. 1994). Additionally, this theory has the advantage of explicating certain temporal characteristics of aspects, for instance, quantification over intervals (i.e. successive moments) that temporal predicate logic (relating two moments in time) is unable to achieve.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeDissertation-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.subjectLanguage, Linguistics.en_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
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thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineLinguisticsen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorLangendoen, D. Terenceen_US
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