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This study presents a corpus-based analysis of the sentential particle 俩 in Xining Mandarin (Qinghai province, northwest China), which functions both as a future tense marker and as an atemporal marker of affirmative mood. Applying the notion of “aspectually sensitive tenses” ( de Swart, 1998 ), the distribution of is explained in terms of the selectional restrictions that places upon the aspectual class of its complement. In particular, it is argued that functions as a future tense marker with dynamic situations, but as a marker of affirmative mood with stative situations.


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