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



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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