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Contradictory (forward) lifetime effects and the non-future tense in Mandarin Chinese

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Lifetime effects refer to the inferences about the life/death of the individual in sentences with individual-level predicates like ‘Mary is/was blue-eyed’. In English, contradictory lifetime inferences arise when the subject denotes one living and one dead individual (e.g. Saussuredead and Chomskyliving #are/??were both linguists.), but no such inferences arises in Mandarin Chinese, a language that has been considered “tenseless” due to the lack of past tense morphemes. This paper investigate...

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10.3765/plsa.v3i1.4296

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University of Oxford
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Humanities Division
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Linguistics Philology and Phonetics
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St Hughs College
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ORCID:
0000-0002-6446-5582
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Linguistic Society of America Publisher's website
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3
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1
Pages:
6
Publication date:
2018-03-03
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2473-8689
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pubs:856886
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uri:31cc722d-0355-4eaa-ab01-fb9548f8241b
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uuid:31cc722d-0355-4eaa-ab01-fb9548f8241b
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pubs:856886

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