09920LING576400, Semantic Seminar: Tense and Structure, Spring 2011

Graduate Institute of Linguistics, National Tsing Hua University




General information

Instructor: T.-H. Jonah Lin

Time & location: Wednesday 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, B305

Tel: (03) 571-5131, ext. 34402

E-mail: jonahlin@mx.nthu.edu.tw


Teaching material 

The papers listed below.



1.      Class attendance: 20%.

2.      Term paper: 80%.


List of papers and books to be studied

1.      Sybesma, Rint. 2007. Whether we tense-agree overtly or not. Linguistic Inquiry 38.3: 580-587.

2.      Lin, Jo-Wang. 2010. A tenseless analysis of Mandarin Chinese revisited: A response to Sybesma 2007. Linguistic Inquiry 41.2: 305–329.

3.      Lin, T.-H. Jonah. 2011. Tense in Mandarin Chinese. Manuscript, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan.

4.      Lin, Jo-Wang. 1998. Distributivity in Chinese and its implications. Natural Language Semantics 6: 201-243.

5.      Lin, Jo-Wang. 2000. On the temporal meaning of the verbal -le in Mandarin Chinese. Language and Linguistics 1.2: 109-133.

6.      Lin, Jo-Wang. 2002. Selectional restrictions of tenses and temporal reference of Chinese bare sentences. Lingua 113: 271-302.

7.      Lin, Jo-Wang. 2002. Aspectual selection and temporal reference of –zhe in Mandarin Chinese. Tsinghua Journal of Chinese Studies, New Series 32.2: 257-296.

8.      Shen, Li. 2007. Zhuangtai bianhua de kenixing yu timao biaoji [Reversibility of change of state and aspect markers]. In Li Zhang, Yutaka Furukawa, Ying, Ren, & Sachiko Shimoji, eds. Riben xiandai Hanyu yufa yanjiu lunwen xuan [Essays on the research of Modern Chinese in Japan], 46-63. Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press.

9.      Partee, Barbara H. 1973. Some structural analogies between tenses and pronouns in English. The Journal of Philosophy 18: 601-609.

10.    Hinrichs, Erhard. 1986. Temporal anaphora in discourses of English. Linguistics and Philosophy 9: 63-82.

11.    Matthewson, Lisa. 2006. Temporal semantics in a superficially tenseless language. Linguistics and Philosophy 29: 673–713.

12.    Klein, Wolfgang. 2000. An analysis of the German Perfekt. Language 76.2: 358-382.

13.    Portner, Paul. 2003. The (temporal) semantics and (modal) pragmatics of the perfect. Linguistics and Philosophy 26:459–510.

14.    Von Fintel, Kai, and Lisa Matthewson. 2008. Universals in semantics. The Linguistic Review 25: 139-201.