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Wed Dec 22 2010

Diss: Syntax: Pan: 'On the Verb Phrase in Qinzhou Zhuang: An LFG ...'

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Message 1: On the Verb Phrase in Qinzhou Zhuang: An LFG analysis of serial verb constructions
Date: 21-Dec-2010
From: Yanhong Pan <yanhongpangmail.com>
Subject: On the Verb Phrase in Qinzhou Zhuang: An LFG analysis of serial verb constructions
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Institution: University of Hong Kong
Program: Department of Linguistics
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2010

Author: Yanhong Pan

Dissertation Title: On the Verb Phrase in Qinzhou Zhuang: An LFG analysis of serial verb constructions

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

Subject Language(s): Zhuang, Southern (ccy)
Language Family(ies): Tai-Kadai

Dissertation Director:
Adams Bodomo

Dissertation Abstract:

Qinzhou Zhuang is a less studied Zhuang dialect in the Tai branch of
Kam-Tai group of Tai-Kadai language Family. This dissertation investigates
aspects of the Verb Phrase (VP) in Qinzhou Zhuang and presents an analysis
of Serial Verb Constructions (SVCs) within the framework of
Lexical-Functional Grammar (LFG). The aims of this dissertation are
two-fold: (i) to provide a descriptive account of the structure of the VP
in Qinzhou Zhuang, and (ii) to apply the framework of LFG to the analysis
of SVCs in Qinzhou Zhuang and thus to extend the empirical coverage of the
theory.

Taking a broad sense of VP, this study proposes an overall structure of the
VP based on the investigation of the main verb, pre-verbal and post-verbal
elements in Qinzhou Zhuang. SVCs in this dissertation refer to
constructions in which two or more lexical verbs are used in a series
without any phonetic pauses or conjunctions; the order of verbs should
present a kind of time order; all the verbs share the same subject and have
the same polarity, e.g., negative or affirmative. Based on the definition
and the properties proposed in this study, eight types of SVCs are attested
in Qinzhou Zhuang, which are benefactive, instrumental, manner, motion,
posture, purposive, resultative, and sequential SVCs. A contrastive study
of the types of SVCs in Qinzhou Zhuang and Thai shows that there are
similarities and differences as well between the two languages. This study
provides an in-depth analysis of manner SVCs and purposive SVCs in the
framework of LFG. Both manner SVCs and purposive SVCs demonstrate the
general properties of SVCs in Qinzhou Zhuang. In addition to that, each of
these two types of SVCs can be further divided into two subtypes and each
subtype demonstrates different syntactic features, a phenomenon that cannot
be found in the other six types of SVCs.

Manner SVCs and purposive SVCs show similarities and differences with
regard to the syntactic features of verb order, negation, and aspect
marking. An XCOMP analysis in the framework of LFG is employed to analyze
manner SVCs and purposive SVCs in Qinzhou Zhuang. It is demonstrated that
the syntactic feature of subject sharing in both manner SVCs and purposive
SVCs and the syntactic feature of object sharing in purposive SVCs can be
captured by the XCOMP analysis.

This study shows that SVCs in Qinzhou Zhuang demonstrate common features
which can be found cross-linguistically but it also shows that SVCs in
Qinzhou Zhuang have their own features. It is hoped that this study can
shed light on further study of Qinzhou Zhuang and of the cross-linguistic
typological study of SVCs in Southeast Asian languages.



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