A Unified Account of Three Uses of Dou

Zhuo Chen


This paper gives a unified account of the distributive, occasion and

cumulative readings of dou in the framework of event semantics, the last of which

is rarely discussed in the literature. Previous analyses on dou will be shown to

have difficulties capturing the cumulative reading (Lin 1998; Liu 2017). Following

Champollion’s analysis of distance distributive items, I analyze dou as a distributor

over events. What’s inside the scope of dou is the description of the subevents and

what’s outside the scope of dou is the description of the mereological sum event.

This analysis can capture the three uses of dou and adds dou to the category of

distance distributive items surveyed in Champollion (2016).

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3765/salt.v28i0.4400

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