Referentiality and incompletive reading in Mandarin


  • Anqi Zhang University of Chicago



referentiality, event completion, consumption verbs, incompletive reading, Mandarin,


As an exception to Krifka’s (1989) famous generalization that a quantized incremental theme always induces an event-homomorphic completive reading, Singh (1991, 1998) observes that in Hindi only the quantized mass noun phrases as the incremental theme entails a completive reading, but unexpectedly quantized count nouns phrases can have an incompletive reading. She proposes that count nouns can introduce a partial thematic relation, whereas mass nouns introduce a total thematic relation. With new data in Mandarin, instead of the mass/count distinction, I argue that referentiality is the crucial factor because the non-culmination readings are only felicitous with the referential objects for consumption verbs in Mandarin.




How to Cite

Zhang, Anqi. 2018. “Referentiality and Incompletive Reading in Mandarin”. Proceedings of the Linguistic Society of America 3 (1): 48:1–11.