The syntax and semantics of bare conditionals in Chinese

  • Candice Chi Hang Cheung


This paper investigates a Chinese construction that Cheng & Huang (1996) term the "bare conditional". Previous analyses have treated this construction as involving unselective binding. I argue against such an approach, and propose that the matching requirement observed in Chinese bare conditionals is derived through sideward movement (Hornstein & Nunes 2002, Nunes 2004). I show that this analysis can provide a principled account for the parallelism constraint and the apparent violation of vacuous binding reported in recent studies (Pan & Jiang, forthcoming, Leung 2006). Adopting Caponigro's (2003, 2004) semantic analysis of plain free relatives to bare conditionals in Chinese, I also show that it can nicely accommodate the universal reading as well as the quantificational variability effect.
How to Cite
Chi Hang Cheung, C. (2019). The syntax and semantics of bare conditionals in Chinese. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 11, 150-164.