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Title: Properties of ngaang and the syntax of verbal particles in Cantonese
Authors: Tang, S
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: Project on Linguistic Analysis
Source: Journal of Chinese linguistics, 2003, v. 31, no. 2, p. 245-269 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of Chinese linguistics 
Abstract: This article explores various grammatical properties of the postverbal particle ngaang 'must' in Cantonese. It is shown that the existence of ngaang 'must' is subject to the telicity requirement, the aspectual requirement, and the monosyllabic requirement. Furthermore, it is argued that ngaang 'must' should not be analyzed as a resultative verb. By virtue of their grammatical similarities, ngaang 'must' can be treated on a par with two postverbal particles in Cantonese, namely saai 'all' and dak 'only'. These three verbal particles are overt realizations of a functional category associated with modality, distributivity, and focus semantically, whose projection dominates the verb phrase in the clausal structure.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/13042
ISSN: 0091-3723
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