•Cantonese pre-predicate jau5 ‘have’ and perfective marker –zo2 are not equivalents.•Borne out in its lexical semantics, jau5 is an assertive existential quantifier.•Jau5 gives two assertive meanings, depending on the specificity of the situation.•Endpoints of situation are differentiated between actualized and potential ones.•Stage-level stative is more like events than states in its endpoint properties.
Lingua – Elsevier
Published: Jul 1, 2018
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