The semantic type system of event nouns : a case study on huìyì ‘conference; meeting’

S. Wang, Chu-ren Huang

Research output: Chapter in book / Conference proceedingChapter in an edited book (as author)Academic research


An event noun is a special type of noun that lexically encodes eventive information. This paper examines a typical non-derived Mandarin Chinese noun, huìyì ‘conference; meeting’. It first establishes that huìyì is an event noun through distributional evidences. Then, it explores the semantic type system of huìyì using argument structure, event structure, and qualia structure, based on the Generative Lexicon theory (GL). The findings indicate that non-derived event nouns can represent eventive information and GL is versatile enough to represent such information encoded by nouns.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIncreased empiricism : recent advances in Chinese linguistics
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9027271410, 9789027271419
ISBN (Print)9789027201812
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Generative Lexicon theory
  • Event noun


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