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Title: The syntax of two approximatives in Cantonese : discontinuous constructions formed with zai6
Authors: Tang, SW
Keywords: Cantonese
Syntax
Adverbs
Discontinuous construction
Analyticity
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Project on Linguistic Analysis
Source: Journal of Chinese linguistics, 2009, v. 37, no. 2, p. 227-256 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of Chinese linguistics 
Abstract: This paper examines various grammatical properties of two postverbal approximative adverbs in Cantonese, viz matlzai6 and gam3zai6, and the discontinuous constructions they constitute. Matlzai6 is used to describe the frequency or degree denoted by the predicate in negative form while gam3zai6 focuses on the process approaching the endpoint of the event. Both of them are heads projected above the predicate underlyingly and their occurrence in the sentence-final position is a result of movement of the entire predicate step by step on the surface. Postverbal and preverbal adverbs form discontinuous adverbial phrases in Cantonese, which can be stacked and should be in a strict hierarchical order in the clausal structure. The findings of this paper may shed light on the syntax of Cantonese postverbal adverbs and the theory of discontinuous constructions.
Description: Linguistics Seminar 2007, Hong Kong, Peoples R China
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/26768
ISSN: 0091-3723
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