EVEN, ALSO and ONLY in Vietnamese

  • The article analyzes the system of focus-sensitive particles and, to a lesser extent, clefts in Vietnamese. EVEN/ALSO/ONLY foci are discussed across syntactic categories, and Vietnamese is found to organize its system of focus-sensitive particles along three dimensions of classification: (i) EVEN vs. ALSO vs. ONLY; (ii) particles c-commanding foci vs. particles c-commanding backgrounds; (iii) adverbial focus-sensitive particles vs. particles c-commanding argument foci only. Towards the end of the paper, free-choice constructions and additional sentence-final particles conveying ONLY and ALSO semantics are briefly discussed. The peculiar Vietnamese system reflects core properties of the analogous empirical domain in Chinese, a known source of borrowings into Vietnamese over the millennia.

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Author:Daniel Hole
Parent Title (German):Working Papers of the SFB 632, Interdisciplinary studies on information structure (ISIS) ; Vol. 11 / Shinishiro Ishihara, Svetlana Petrova and Anne Schwarz (eds.)
Publisher:Universitätsverlag Potsdam
Place of publication:Potsdam
Editor:Shinishiro Ishihara, Svetlana Petrova, Anne Schwarz
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of Completion:2008
Year of first Publication:2008
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2009/05/05
Tag:Chinese; Vietnamese; background particles; clefts; focus particles; free-choice
Page Number:60
First Page:1
Last Page:54
Source:http://www.sfb632.uni-potsdam.de/publications/isis11.pdf ; (in:) S. Ishihara / S. Petrova / A. Schwarz : Working Papers of the SFB632 : Interdisciplinary Studies on Information Structure (ISIS), 11, 2008, S. 1-60
Dewey Decimal Classification:4 Sprache / 40 Sprache / 400 Sprache
Linguistik-Klassifikation:Linguistik-Klassifikation: Syntax
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht