Restrictive focus particles

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)Chapter in research book/monograph/textbook (Author)peer-review

View graph of relations

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFocus Manifestation in Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese
Subtitle of host publicationA Comparative Perspective
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter4
Pages103-169
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-203-70522-3
ISBN (Print)978-1-138-56811-2
Publication statusPublished - 21 May 2019

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in Chinese Linguistics

Abstract

This chapter examines subgroup of focus particles, namely restrictive focus particles. It shows that a similar distributional pattern can be observed in restrictive adverbs and post-verbal particles in Mandarin and Cantones and reviews restrictive adverbs in Mandarin, followed by Cantonese restrictive sentence final particles, restrictive verbal suffixes, and Cantonese restrictive adverbs. Restrictive adverbs in Mandarin are found either to demonstrate more polysemous properties or to be more syntactic in nature. Along this line, restrictive adverbs in Mandarin include at least the following: cai ‘only’, jiu ‘only’, and zhi(-you/shi) ‘only(-have/be)’. Mandarin Chinese appeals to focus adverbs accompanied by prosodic stress in expressing focus meaning, with prosodic stress in a certain way compensating for its lack of post-verbal focus particles. Cantonese is richer in focus particles appearing in different syntactic categories, including Cantonese restrictive adverbs corresponding to their Mandarin counterparts, restrictive verbal suffixes, and restrictive sentence-final particles appearing monosyllabically. The chapter concludes with an interim conclusion on additives, restrictives, and focus particles.

Citation Format(s)

Restrictive focus particles. / Lee, Peppina Po-lun.

Focus Manifestation in Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese: A Comparative Perspective. Routledge, 2019. p. 103-169 (Routledge Studies in Chinese Linguistics).

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)Chapter in research book/monograph/textbook (Author)peer-review