The Semantics of Chinese Aspects

Theoretical Descriptions and a Computational Implementation

by Guowen Yang (Author)
©2007 Thesis XVI, 425 Pages


This book presents theoretical descriptions and a computational implementation of the semantics of Chinese (Mandarin) aspects. Fourteen Chinese simple aspects and twenty-six complex aspects are organized into a single hierarchical system network drawing on the theory of systemic functional grammar. In the theoretical part, the semantics of the aspects included in the Chinese aspect system is interpreted with a focus on the aspects‘ aspectual functions, temporal structures, and semantic applicability conditions. In the computational part, the semantic applicability conditions of individual aspects provided by corresponding aspect selection functions in the theoretical descriptions are implemented for automatic generation. As one of the contributions to linguistic research, the processing of complex aspects in Chinese is taken as a particular focus of this study.


XVI, 425
ISBN (Softcover)
Grammar networks Chinesisch Aspekt (Linguistik) Semantik Temporal structures Chinese aspects Classification
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2007. XVI, 425 pp., num. graph.

Biographical notes

Guowen Yang (Author)

The Author: Guowen Yang, born in Beijing (China), received a Bachelor of Engineering in computer science from Tsinghua University in Beijing, an M.A. in computational linguistics from the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, and a Ph.D. from the University of Bremen. She is an associate professor at the Institute of Linguistics of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.


Title: The Semantics of Chinese Aspects