Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory

Cantonese Particles and Affixal Quantification

Authors: Lee, Peppina Po-lun

  • The first book-length study on affixal quantification and Cantonese verbal affixes
  • Provides a detailed comparison between affixal quantification, determiner quantification, and adverbial quantification
  • Includes syntax-semantics mapping approach and a combination of theoretical and descriptive methods, which makes the book an indispensible resource
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Cantonese, the lingua franca of Hong Kong and its neighboring province, has an unusually rich repertoire of verbal particles. This volume significantly augments the academic literature on their semantics, focusing on three affixal quantifiers, -saai, -hoi and -maai. The author shows how these verbal suffixes display a unique 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 and quantification is the first in-depth analysis of Cantonese verbal suffixes. It compares the language’s affixal quantification to the alternative determiner and adverbial quantifiers. The book’s syntax-semantics mapping geography deploys both descriptive and theoretical approaches, making it an essential resource for researchers studying the nexus of syntax and semantics, as well as Cantonese itself.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Lee, Peppina Po-lun

    Pages 1-8

  • Previous Analyses on Quantification and Cantonese Verbal Suffixes

    Lee, Peppina Po-lun

    Pages 9-57

  • The Quantification Accessibility Hierarchy for Affixal Quantifiers

    Lee, Peppina Po-lun

    Pages 59-120

  • The Syntax-Semantics Mappings of Affixal Quantifiers and Tripartite Structures

    Lee, Peppina Po-lun

    Pages 121-161

  • The Role of Focus in Affixal Quantification – Does Quantification in Natural Language Involve One Process or Two?

    Lee, Peppina Po-lun

    Pages 163-204

Buy this book

eBook $139.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-94-007-4387-8
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $179.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-007-4386-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $179.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-007-9511-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Cantonese Particles and Affixal Quantification
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory
Series Volume
87
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-4387-8
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-4387-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-4386-1
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9511-2
Series ISSN
0924-4670
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 254
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