Corpora and Intercultural Studies

The Chinese Aspectual System

Theory and Computation

Authors: Xu, Hongzhi

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  • Presents linguistic theories on aspect in Chinese, together with extensive corpus data
  • Discusses viewpoint aspect, lexical aspect, and their interaction
  • Includes experiments on the automatic identification of modality and aspect in Chinese sentences
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This book presents a theoretical study on aspect in Chinese, including both situation and viewpoint aspects. Unlike previous studies, which have largely classified linguistic units into different situation types, this study defines a set of ontological event types that are conceptually universal and on the basis of which different languages employ various linguistic devices to describe such events. To do so, it focuses on a particular component of events, namely the viewpoint aspect. It includes and discusses a wealth of examples to show how such ontological events are realized in Chinese. In addition, the study discusses how Chinese modal verbs and adverbs affect the distribution of viewpoint aspects associated with certain situation types.
In turn, the book demonstrates how the proposed linguistic theory can be used in a computational context. Simply identifying events in terms of the verbs and their arguments is insufficient for real situations such as understanding the factivity and the logical/temporal relations between events. The proposed framework offers the possibility of analyzing events in Chinese text, yielding deep semantic information.

About the authors

Hongzhi Xu received his Ph.D. in Linguistics from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and subsequently worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Computer Science Department, University of Pennsylvania. He is now an assistant researcher at the Institute of Corpus Study and Application, Shanghai International Studies University. He has published important papers on ACL, COLING, and various aspects of linguistics and computational linguistics. 

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Chinese Aspectual System
Book Subtitle
Theory and Computation
Authors
Series Title
Corpora and Intercultural Studies
Series Volume
8
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-16-3408-6
DOI
10.1007/978-981-16-3408-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-16-3407-9
Series ISSN
2510-4802
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 278
Number of Illustrations
420 b/w illustrations, 13 illustrations in colour
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