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Title: Cantonese Particles and Affixal Quantification
Written By: Peppina Po-lun Lee
Series Title: Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory

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

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Springer
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
Subject Language(s): Chinese, Yue
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789400743861
Pages: 266
Prices: Europe EURO 99.95