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||A Study of Kám Questions in Taiwan Southern Min|
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Taiwan Southern Min
||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.
||Ting-chi Wei - chair|
Chin-Man Kuo - co-chair
Shu-ing Shyu - advisor
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