Cantonese GIVE and Double-Object Construction

Grammaticalization and word order change

ORCID logoAndy Chi-on Chin | The Education University of Hong Kong
ISBN 9789027211040 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027257802 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
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GIVE is a versatile morpheme in many languages. While there have been extensive studies on the interplay between the syntax and semantics of GIVE in many languages, not much has been done in a similar manner on Cantonese, a member of the Yue dialect group of the Chinese language family. This monograph reports on the study of GIVE and its associated functions and syntactic constructions in Cantonese from diachronic, synchronic, and typological perspectives. Drawing on cross-linguistic data, and 19th century Cantonese dialect materials, this study first traces the chronological development of the various functions played by GIVE in Cantonese. It then examines the double-object construction. Besides the typological features of this construction in Cantonese, this study investigates the use of the northern pattern in Cantonese as a result of the increasing influence of Putonghua and Modern Standard Chinese by means of a sociolinguistic survey with 40 native speakers of Cantonese.
[Studies in Chinese Language and Discourse, 15] 2022.  xiv, 266 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“This book is one of the most valuable references on Cantonese linguistics. Simply looking at the table of contents, the eight (!) appendices, and the bibliography, one could already sense the tremendous amount of work that the author has conducted for this study. The amount of historical Cantonese texts consulted and analyzed is second to none, the range of Chinese dialects consulted is impressive, and the experiment stimuli were cleverly thought out.”

Main BIC Subject

CFK: Grammar, syntax

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009060: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2022012135 | Marc record