On the distributive nature of adverbial quan in Mandarin Chinese

Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10085)


The Chinese adverbial quan is analysed as an event predicate modifier that can force a distributive reading on a sentence by targetting a nominal that expresses a plural participant in the event, and encapsulating the distributive function in the \(\theta \)-role associated with such a participant. This solution enables us to model the speakers’ intuition of an ‘overall evaluation’ associated with quan.


Formal semantics Distributivity Non-differentiation Adverbial quan in Chinese 


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  1. 1.Université Paris VIIParisFrance

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