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Conference Paper: Utterance-final particles with grammaticalized intonation in Cantonese

TitleUtterance-final particles with grammaticalized intonation in Cantonese
Authors
Issue Date2012
PublisherThe Ohio State University.
Citation
The Workshop on Innovations in Cantonese Linguistics (WICL 2012), Columbus, OH., 16-17 March 2012. How to Cite?
AbstractCantonese is well known for possessing copious utterance-final particles, which predominantly convey pragmatic information such as the speaker's attitude and assumption in making an utterance. Their functions and meanings are one of the focuses in Cantonese Linguistics, e.g. Luke (1990) and Fang (2003). Given their pragmatic nature, these utterance-final particles also play an important role in the intonation of Cantonese. On the other hand, Cantonese is also rich in lexical tones. Suprasegmental interaction on the utterance-final particles thus leads to another intriguing topic for research (e.g. Wu 2008). The present paper combines these two aspects of utterance-final particles and proffers that the lexical tone of some utterance-final particles in Cantonese is grammaticalized from certain intonation patterns which carry specific pragmatic information in discourse. Study of tone and intonation in Cantonese generally takes a synchronic approach, describing modification of lexical tones under the influence of intonation (see Fox et al 2008). While it is widely accepted that Cantonese utterance-final particles (unlike those in Mandarin) bear their own lexical tone (Fang 2003), the source or development of such lexical tones in the particles has never been considered an issue. Instead of presuming the following two sets of utterance-final particles to have inherited near homophone from lexical sources, this paper identifies grammaticalized intonation as a possible source for some of them: …
DescriptionSession 1-A. Morphophonology: no. 1
Open URL of WICL Program - http://www.ling.ohio-state.edu/wicl/program.html
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/166843

 

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dc.contributor.authorDing, PSen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-09-20T08:51:13Z-
dc.date.available2012-09-20T08:51:13Z-
dc.date.issued2012en_US
dc.identifier.citationThe Workshop on Innovations in Cantonese Linguistics (WICL 2012), Columbus, OH., 16-17 March 2012.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/166843-
dc.descriptionSession 1-A. Morphophonology: no. 1-
dc.descriptionOpen URL of WICL Program - http://www.ling.ohio-state.edu/wicl/program.html-
dc.description.abstractCantonese is well known for possessing copious utterance-final particles, which predominantly convey pragmatic information such as the speaker's attitude and assumption in making an utterance. Their functions and meanings are one of the focuses in Cantonese Linguistics, e.g. Luke (1990) and Fang (2003). Given their pragmatic nature, these utterance-final particles also play an important role in the intonation of Cantonese. On the other hand, Cantonese is also rich in lexical tones. Suprasegmental interaction on the utterance-final particles thus leads to another intriguing topic for research (e.g. Wu 2008). The present paper combines these two aspects of utterance-final particles and proffers that the lexical tone of some utterance-final particles in Cantonese is grammaticalized from certain intonation patterns which carry specific pragmatic information in discourse. Study of tone and intonation in Cantonese generally takes a synchronic approach, describing modification of lexical tones under the influence of intonation (see Fox et al 2008). While it is widely accepted that Cantonese utterance-final particles (unlike those in Mandarin) bear their own lexical tone (Fang 2003), the source or development of such lexical tones in the particles has never been considered an issue. Instead of presuming the following two sets of utterance-final particles to have inherited near homophone from lexical sources, this paper identifies grammaticalized intonation as a possible source for some of them: …-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherThe Ohio State University.en_US
dc.relation.ispartofWorkshop on Innovations in Cantonese Linguistics, WICL 2012en_US
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.titleUtterance-final particles with grammaticalized intonation in Cantoneseen_US
dc.typeConference_Paperen_US
dc.identifier.emailDing, PS: picus@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityDing, PS=rp01205en_US
dc.description.naturepostprint-
dc.identifier.hkuros206564en_US
dc.publisher.placeUnited States-
dc.description.otherThe Workshop on Innovations in Cantonese Linguistics (WICL), Columbus, OH., 16-17 March 2012.-

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