Volume 23, Issue 2
  • ISSN 1606-822X
  • E-ISSN: 2309-5067



In this paper we comment on the maximality approach to Mandarin Chinese initiated by Giannakidou & Cheng (2006) and modified by Xiang (2008), showing that the approach fails (1) to explain several linguistic phenomena (e.g. the interaction between ‘which’-phrases and , the distributive effect of , and the exclusiveness of ), (2) makes incorrect predictions concerning the interpretations of -sentences, and (3) suffers from various theoretical problems (e.g. compositional difficulty). After refuting the maximality approach, the paper argues that treating as a device for encoding universal quantification gives the above issues a more cogent explanation, has a wider coverage of language data, and also avoids the theoretical problems with the maximality approach.

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