Cantonese Particles and Affixal Quantification: 87 (Studies by Peppina Po-lun Lee

By Peppina Po-lun Lee

Cantonese, the lingua franca of Hong Kong and its neighboring province, has an surprisingly wealthy repertoire of verbal debris. This quantity considerably augments the tutorial literature on their semantics, concentrating on 3 affixal quantifiers, -saai, -hoi and -maai. the writer exhibits how those verbal suffixes show a special interaction of syntax and semantics: utilized in a sentence without concentration, they quantify goods flexibly, in response to an accessibility hierarchy; with concentration, concentration comes into impact after syntactic selection.

This clean and compelling standpoint within the learn of debris and quantification is the 1st in-depth research of Cantonese verbal suffixes. It compares the language’s affixal quantification to the choice determiner and adverbial quantifiers. The book’s syntax-semantics mapping geography deploys either descriptive and theoretical methods, making it an important source for researchers learning the nexus of syntax and semantics, in addition to Cantonese itself.

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