Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Wiley-Blackwell Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info


New from Oxford University Press!

ad

Language Planning as a Sociolinguistic Experiment

By: Ernst Jahr

Provides richly detailed insight into the uniqueness of the Norwegian language development. Marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Norwegian nation following centuries of Danish rule


New from Cambridge University Press!

ad

Acquiring Phonology: A Cross-Generational Case-Study

By Neil Smith

The study also highlights the constructs of current linguistic theory, arguing for distinctive features and the notion 'onset' and against some of the claims of Optimality Theory and Usage-based accounts.


New from Brill!

ad

Language Production and Interpretation: Linguistics meets Cognition

By Henk Zeevat

The importance of Henk Zeevat's new monograph cannot be overstated. [...] I recommend it to anyone who combines interests in language, logic, and computation [...]. David Beaver, University of Texas at Austin


Book Information

   
Sun Image

Title: Cantonese Particles and Affixal Quantification
Written By: PeppinaPo-lunLee
URL: http://www.springer.com/education+%26+language/linguistics/book/978-94-007-4386-1?changeHeader
Series Title: Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory
Description:

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.

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Springer
Review: Not available for review. If you would like to review a book on The LINGUIST List, please login to view the AFR list.
BibTex: View BibTex record
Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
Syntax
Subject Language(s): Chinese, Yue
Issue: All announcements sent out by The LINGUIST List are emailed to our subscribers and archived with the Library of Congress.
Click here to see the original emailed issue.

Versions:
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789400743861
Pages: 266
Prices: EuropeEURO 99.95