This paper examines variation in the interpretation of the Chinese verbal suffix ‑le and attributes it to a process of ongoing change in which an original aspectual system is gradually developing into a new tense system. The paper argues that the incremental pattern of re-grammaticalization can best be captured in a minimalist feature-based approach to the licensing of morphology, which factors clines of development into formally discrete, individual steps.
2019. Functional category production and degrees of severity: findings from Chinese agrammatism. Aphasiology 33:10 ► pp. 1227 ff.
2021. On the syntax ofwan‘finish/complete’ in Mandarin Chinese. Australian Journal of Linguistics 41:4 ► pp. 408 ff.
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