EVEN, ALSO and ONLY in Vietnamese-(Interdisciplinary Studies on Information Structure Vol. 11)

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EVEN, ALSO and ONLY in Vietnamese-(Interdisciplinary Studies on Information Structure Vol. 11)
Author: Daniel Hole
Publisher: Potsdam University Press
Publication date: 05.05.2009
ISBN: ISSN 1866-4725
Number of pages: 60
Language:English/Vietnamese
Format / Quality: PDF/excellent
Size: 924KB

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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