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URN etd-0707116-232141
Author Lu-Shan Huang
Author's Email Address yunshianyu@gmail.com
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Department Foreign Language and Literature
Year 2015
Semester 2
Degree Master
Type of Document
Language English
Title A Study of Kám Questions in Taiwan Southern Min
Date of Defense 2016-06-24
Page Count 91
Keyword
  • A-not-A questions
  • focus
  • kám questions
  • Mandarin
  • Taiwan Southern Min
  • VP-neg questions
  • polarity
  • Abstract The purpose of this thesis is to probe into the syntax of kám questions in contemporary Taiwan Southern Min, in particular paying close attention to kám’s question type and the derivation of kám questions under a focus approach.
      Different greatly from previous studies analyzing kám questions as yes-no questions (Cheng, 1997; Tang, 1998; Wang & Lien, 2001; interalia), we argue with Huang (1991) that kám questions are a counterpart of Mandarin A-not-A questions with lots of compelling evidence by establishing a close affinity between Mandarin A-not-A questions and kám questions with respect to similar syntactic properties.
      We also propose a movement analysis of deriving kám questions in a focus approach, assuming that kám is base-generated in the specifier of Polarity Phrase (PolP) under TP and then covertly moves to the specifier of CP for the checking of the [+Q] feature along the lines of Schaffar and Chen (2001). The necessary existence of PolP in TSM can be further supported by the exclusive adverb kan-na (干焦) “only” and the auxiliary verb ū (有) “have” in TSM.
    Advisory Committee
  • Ting-chi Wei - chair
  • Chin-Man Kuo - co-chair
  • Shu-ing Shyu - advisor
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    Date of Submission 2016-08-07

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