Research

Publications 

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Tham, SW (to appear) Possession as non-verbal predication. In BLS 39 proceedings.

Tham, SW (to appear). Resultative verb compounds in Modern Standard Chinese. In C.F. Sun and William S.-Y. Wang (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Chinese Linguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Tham, SW (2013). Change of state verbs and result state adjectives in Mandarin Chinese.  Journal of Linguistics 49(3), 647-701. [pdf]

Tham, SW (2012). Result in Mandarin verb compounds. In Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 16, 599-612. Available online.

Tham, SW (2011) When motion and location yield direction: the case of Mandarin. In BLS 37 proceedings, 344-358. Available online.

Beavers, John, Beth Levin and Tham, Shiao Wei (2010) The typology of motion expressions revisited. Journal of Linguistics 46.3 (First View version; doi:10.1017/S0022226709990272) [pdf]

Tham, SW (2010). Intransitive change of state predicates in Mandarin and the notion of 'acquired state'. 12th International Symposium on Chinese Languages and Linguistics. Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan. [pdf]

Tham, SW (2009). The discourse mode of Mandarin verbal -LE sentences. In L. H. Wee and L. Uyechi (eds.) Reality Exploration and Development: Pattern Interaction in Language, Logic, and Learning: a festschrift for K.P. Mohanan, 325-344. Stanford:CSLI.

Tham, SW (2008). The semantic category of the subject NP in Mandarin specificational copular sentences. Journal of East Asian Linguistics, 17:61-82.

Tham, SW and Soh, H.L. (2006).  Discourse effects of lexical specification: the case of the Mandarin aspectual particle -LE. In Miriam Butt (ed.) Proceedings of KONVENS 2006 (Konferenz zur Verarbeitung natürlicher Systeme), 181-188. Konstanz: Universität Konstanz. Available online.

Tham, SW (2005).  Review of Hole (2004) Focus and Background Marking in Mandarin Chinese. Linguist List Review online.

Tham, SW (2004).  The definiteness effect in English HAVE sentences. In Texas Linguistic Society 8 Proceedings. University of Texas, Austin. Available online.

Work in progress

Tham, Shiao Wei (under review) The forms of possessive predication.

 

Talks/Handouts

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2013, Feb  Possession as non-verbal predication.  BLS 39.  [handout]

2012, Nov  With John Beavers and Beth Levin. Directional interpretations with locative adpositions. The Meaning of P, Ruhr-Universitat Bochum, Bochum Germany. 

2011, Sep  Result predication in Mandarin verb compounds. Sinn und Bedeutung 16.

2011, Feb  When motion and location yield direction: the case of Mandarin. BLS 37. 

2010, Nov  State and change of state encoding in Mandarin: conceptual and morphological bases.  UT Austin Linguistics Colloquium. 

2010, Apr Change of state in Malay and the meN-prefix again.  14th International Symposium on Malay and Indonesian Languages.  University of Minnesota.  

2009, Sep Event structure shifts and morphological resources. Chronos 9, University Paris-Diderot-Paris 7 & University of Chicago Center in Paris, France. [handout]

2009, Jun With John Beavers and Beth Levin. Manner of Motion Roots Across Languages: Same or Different? Workshop on Roots, Universität Stuttgart, Germany. [pdf]

2009,Mar Building resultatives in Mandarin (from the result). Tenth Stanford Semantic Fest, Stanford University. [handout]

2009, Mar Change of state in Mandarin resultatives. Invited presentation, Department of Linguistics, California State University, Fresno.

2008, Nov Realizing possessors: semantic rank and semantic class. Invited presentation, Department of Linguistics, Yale University. 

2008, Nov An activity+achievement event structure for Mandarin resultative verb compounds. 2nd International Conference on East Asian Linguistics. Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. 

2008, Jul With Hooi Ling Soh. Aspect and discourse modes: a corpus study of Mandarin aspectual particle -LE. International Conference on Literature, Languages and Linguistics, Athens Institute for Education and Research (Atiner), Athens, Greece. 

2008, Apr With Hooi Ling Soh. Verbal -LE sentences as minimal Narratives. 20th North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics. Ohio State University, Columbus. 

2008, Apr (Re)Interpreting the Possessor-as-Location Hypothesis. Invited presentation, University of Minnesota Colloquium. 

2007, Mar The role of the Mandarin copula SHI in predication. Invited presentation, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Wellesley College. 2006, Nov On the semantic function of the Mandarin copula SHI. (Lun hanyu xidongci SHI de yuyi gongneng. In Chinese). Invited presentation, Division of Chinese, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. 

2006, Oct With Hooi Ling Soh. Discourse effects of lexical specification: the case of the Mandarin aspectual particle -LE. KONVENS 8 (Konferenz zur Verarbeitung natürlicher Systeme), Universität Konstanz, Konstanz. 

2006, Jan A Predicativizing Analysis for the Mandarin Copula SHI. 80th annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Albuquerque. 

2006, Jan With John Beavers and Beth Levin. The Typology of Motion Events Revisited. 80th annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Albuquerque.

2005, Jun The semantic category of the subject NP in Mandarin copular SHI sentences. 17th meeting of the North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics, Monterey. 

2005, Jan Distinguishing existential and light verb possessive sentences. 79th annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Chicago. 

2004, May With John Beavers and Beth Levin. A morphosyntactic basis for variation in the encoding of motion events. Diversity and Universals in Language: The Consequences of Variation. Stanford University.

2004, Mar The definiteness effect in English HAVE sentences. Texas Linguistics Society 8: Issues at the Semantics-Pragmatics Interface, University of Texas, Austin.