EVEN, ALSO and ONLY in Vietnamese

  • The article analyzes the system of focus-sensitive particles and, to a lesser extent, clefts in Vietnamese. EVEN/ALSO/ONLY foci are discussed across syntactic categories, and Vietnamese is found to organize its system of focus-sensitive particles along three dimensions of classification: (i) EVEN vs. ALSO vs. ONLY; (ii) particles c-commanding foci vs. particles c-commanding backgrounds; (iii) adverbial focus-sensitive particles vs. particles c-commanding argument foci only. Towards the end of the paper, free-choice constructions and additional sentence-final particles conveying ONLY and ALSO semantics are briefly discussed. The peculiar Vietnamese system reflects core properties of the analogous empirical domain in Chinese, a known source of borrowings into Vietnamese over the millennia.

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Author:Daniel Hole
Series (Serial Number):Interdisciplinary studies on information structure : ISIS ; working papers of the SFB 632 (11)
Editor:Shinichiro Ishihara, Svetlana Petrova, Anne Schwarz
Document Type:Monograph/Edited Volume
Year of Completion:2008
Publishing Institution:Universität Potsdam
Release Date:2008/10/07
Tag:Chinese; Vietnamese; background particles; clefts; focus particles; free-choice
RVK - Regensburg Classification:ER 300
Organizational units:Humanwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Institut für Linguistik / Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft
Dewey Decimal Classification:4 Sprache / 40 Sprache / 400 Sprache
Collections:Universität Potsdam / Schriftenreihen / Interdisciplinary studies on information structure : ISIS ; working papers of the SFB 632, ISSN 1866-4725
Licence (German):License LogoKeine Nutzungslizenz vergeben - es gilt das deutsche Urheberrecht