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Mon Jul 02 2012

Books: 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

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

Cantonese, the lingua franca of Hong Kong and its neighboring province, has anunusually rich repertoire of verbal particles. This volume significantly augmentsthe academic literature on their semantics, focusing on three affixal quantifiers,-saai, -hoi and -maai. The author shows how these verbal suffixes display aunique 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 andquantification is the first in-depth analysis of Cantonese verbal suffixes. Itcompares the language's affixal quantification to the alternative determiner andadverbial quantifiers. The book's syntax-semantics mapping geography deploysboth descriptive and theoretical approaches, making it an essential resource forresearchers studying the nexus of syntax and semantics, as well as Cantoneseitself.

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics                             Syntax
Subject Language(s): Chinese, Yue (yue)
Written In: English (eng)

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