Journal of East Asian Linguistics

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 237–257

Predicate restriction, discontinuity property and the meaning of the perfective marker Guo in Mandarin Chinese


DOI: 10.1007/s10831-007-9013-5

Cite this article as:
Lin, JW. J East Asian Linguist (2007) 16: 237. doi:10.1007/s10831-007-9013-5


This paper argues that the most recent analyses of guo as proposed in Pan and Lee [(2004). The role of pragmatics in interpreting the Chinese perfective markers -Guo and -Le. Journal of Pragmatics, 36, 441–446] and Lin [(2006). Time in a language without tense: The case of Chinese. Journal of Semantics, 23, 1–53] still fail to explain the predicate restriction and the discontinuity property of guo in a satisfying manner. An alternative analysis, which is a more fine-grained version of Lin’s (2006) proposal, is suggested. It is proposed that a sentence with the form guo(P) is true in a world w if and only if the run time of the internal stage of an event described by P is wholly before the speech time, and if the event e has a target state, then there is an inertia world winr stretching from w such that another event é described also by P but distinct from e true in it at an interval containing the speech time.


Experiential Marker Discontinuity Effect Meaning of Guo 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Foreign Languages and LiteraturesNational Chiao Tung UniversityHsinchuTaiwan

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