Varieties of Alternatives: Focus Particles and wh-Expressions in Mandarin By Mingming Liu
English | PDF,EPUB | 2017 (2018 Edition) | 185 Pages | ISBN : 9811062072 | 5.46 MB
This book concerns two focus particles (jiu, dou) and wh-expressions (shenme = ‘what’, na geren = ‘which person’) in Mandarin Chinese. These items are systematically ‘ambiguous’ and have played important roles in various aspects of Mandarin grammar. An idea based on alternatives and varieties of alternatives in particular – following Chierchia’s 2013 analysis of the polarity system – is pursued to account for the systematic ambiguities.