A settled pair, a simple link: Mandarin bare clauses as simple predication
- Wednesday 27 March 2019
- Chinese Linguistics in Leiden (CHILL)
2311 VJ Leiden
It is generally acknowledged that in Mandarin, sentences with bare activity predicates can only have a habitual reading. This talk is about bare predicate sentences which have a different reading, and the question is what exactly this reading is, and how these sentences should be analyzed. We look at the contexts in which they are used and propose that if we look at them as pair-list sentences with an (empty) linker/copula, many of their properties fall out.