Graduate Institute of Linguistics, National Tsing Hua University
UST Working Papers in Linguistics, Graduate Institute of Linguistics, National Tsing Hua University, Volume 7, Pages 21-35
This paper investigates the distributive readings of ge (‘each’) and gezi (‘separately’) in Mandarin Chinese. I propose a hypothesis that gezi can only range over different events; while on the other hand, ge can also range one single event. The factor responsible for this distinction can be found in the syntax and empirical evidence is also provided to justify this hypothesis. Moreover, I discover two special requirements of gezi which have a lot to do with the adverb zi.