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LINGUIST List 23.2900

Mon Jul 02 2012

Books: Cantonese Particles and Affixal Quantification: Lee

Editor for this issue: Danniella Hornby <daniellalinguistlist.org>

Date: 29-Jun-2012
From: Jolanda Voogd <Jolanda.Voogdspringer.com>
Subject: Cantonese Particles and Affixal Quantification: Lee
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Title: Cantonese Particles and Affixal Quantification
Series Title: Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory
Published: 2012
Publisher: Springer
                http://www.springer.com

Book URL: http://www.springer.com/education+%26+language/linguistics/book/978-94-007-4386-1?changeHeader

Author: Peppina Po-lun Lee
Hardback: ISBN: 9789400743861 Pages: 266 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Abstract:

Cantonese, the lingua franca of Hong Kong and its neighboring province, has an
unusually rich repertoire of verbal particles. This volume significantly augments
the academic literature on their semantics, focusing on three affixal quantifiers,
-saai, -hoi and -maai. The author shows how these verbal suffixes display a
unique interplay of syntax and semantics: used in a sentence with no focus,
they quantify items flexibly, according to an accessibility hierarchy; with focus,
focus comes into effect after syntactic selection.

This fresh and compelling perspective in the study of particles and
quantification is the first in-depth analysis of Cantonese verbal suffixes. It
compares the language's affixal quantification to the alternative determiner and
adverbial quantifiers. The book's syntax-semantics mapping geography deploys
both descriptive and theoretical approaches, making it an essential resource for
researchers studying the nexus of syntax and semantics, as well as Cantonese
itself.

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
                            Syntax

Subject Language(s): Chinese, Yue (yue)

Written In: English (eng)

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