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Title: Singaporean Hokkien adjectives
Authors: Tan, Krisda
Keywords: Sino-Tibetan Languages
Chinese Languages
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Payap University
Abstract: This thesis studies adjectives in Singaporean Hokkien by looking at types of adjectives, the constraints of adjectival phrase modification and negation of the adjective. First, Singaporean Hokkien adjectives are divided into monosyllabic, disyllabic and polysyllabic types. Next, the adjective is analyzed in phrase level context by looking at the grammatical rules of adjectival phrase modification. The adverb modifies the adjectival phrase as a degree expression by stating the extent of the adjective. Degree expressions are divided into intensifier degree expressions, comparative constructions and reduplication. Finally, this study discusses the ways an adjective can be negated. An adjective can be negated in three ways depending on the modal auxiliary verb. It is found that the adjective word class functions similarly to the verb word class in terms of grammar. The adjective can be negated like a verb in Singaporean Hokkien. To differentiate between the adjective and the verb, the adverb is used. The adjective can be modified by an adverb, which in this case is a degree expression whereas the verb cannot.
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