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Title: Adjuncts in Cantonese Noun Phrases
Authors: Wu, Nga In
Keywords: Sino-Tibetan Languages
Chinese Language
Cantonese - Grammar
Adjuncts
Noun Phrase
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: The University of Hong Kong
Abstract: This thesis investigates some of the adjuncts in the Cantonese noun phrase within the Lexical-Functional Grammar (LFG) framework. The aim of this thesis is to provide a better understanding of Modification within the noun phrase in Cantonese beyond the descriptive level. The study starts by discussing the criteria for identifying the nouns, the verbs and the adjectives in Cantonese. Having clear identification criteria for grammatical categories is important in this study. There is often controversy in the identification of some of the categories. The syntactic criteria identified serve as the basis of the discussion that follows. An overview of modifiers in the Cantonese noun phrase is presented. Modifiers of the head noun in Cantonese may be noun phrases, verb phrases or adjective phrases. Modifiers with different grammatical categories modify the head noun in different ways. Either direct modification or indirect modification may be used. LFG captures the features of the modifiers modifying the head noun in a straight-forward manner. First, the characteristics of the adjuncts captured at the f-structure can help to improve definition of modification structure in Cantonese noun phrases. Second, all modifiers bearing different syntactic categories map to the ADJUNCT function at f-structure.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11707/4400
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