Identity and definiteness in Chinese wh-conditionals

Stephen Crain, Qiong-Peng Luo

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    Previous studies of Chinese wh-conditionals leave several issues unresolved, including (i) definiteness effects; (ii) apparent violations of the novelty condition and (iii) accounting for the range of readings of Chinese whconditionals. We attempt to resolve some of these issues by analysing whindefinites as unique indefinites and wh-conditionals as special instances of topic-comment structures (i.e. wh-conditionals are topic-comment structures with an identity relation). Chinese wh-conditionals can refer to either a single situation or multiple situations, leading to either a definite interpretation or a generic interpretation respectively.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2010 Annual Conference of the Gesellschaft für Semantik
    EditorsIngo Reich, Eva Horch, Dennis Pauly
    Place of PublicationSaarbrücken, Germany
    PublisherUniversaar – Saarland University Press
    Number of pages15
    ISBN (Print)9783862230389
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    EventSinn und Bedeutung Conference (15th : 2010) - Saarbrücken, Germany
    Duration: 9 Sept 201011 Sept 2010


    ConferenceSinn und Bedeutung Conference (15th : 2010)
    CitySaarbrücken, Germany


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