TITLE

A crosslinguistic syntax of scalar and non-scalar focus particle sentences: the view from Vietnamese and Chinese

AUTHOR(S)
Hole, Daniel
PUB. DATE
November 2017
SOURCE
Journal of East Asian Linguistics;Nov2017, Vol. 26 Issue 4, p389
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article proposes a distributed syntax for Vietnamese and Chinese focus particle sentences. It disentangles syntactically the inclusion and exclusion of alternatives typical of focus particle uses from scalar components of meaning that many focus particle sentences convey. Vietnamese and Chinese are shown to have highly elaborate lexical paradigms that map plausibly onto the postulated syntactic and semantic functions. The article then turns to very similar phenomena from German and Dutch. It concludes with the hunch that the system as it unfolds in Vietnamese and Chinese is, in fact, simply an explicit instantiation of a pattern underlying focus particle sentences at a much more general level.
ACCESSION #
126260494

 

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