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Conference Paper: An analysis of topics in Prinmi: In a cross-linguistic perspective

TitleAn analysis of topics in Prinmi: In a cross-linguistic perspective
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Issue Date2013
PublisherThe Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (SEALS).
Citation
The 23rd Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (SEALS-23), Bangkok, Thailand, 29-31 May, 2013. In the Abstracts of the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society, 2013, p. 32 How to Cite?
AbstractPrinmi is a Tibeto-Burman language spoken in Yunnan and Sichuan provinces of southwest China. It demonstrates a high degree of topic prominence, as discussed in Li and Thompson (1976). Topic prominence is a typological characteristic of Sino-Tibetan languages, cf. Chao‘s (1968) analysis of spoken Chinese. It probably represents an areal feature of South-East Asia, which, as a linguistic area, embraces mainland South-East Asia and south China. Furthermore, topic prominence is also observed in such Sinospheric languages as Japanese and Korean. This paper presents an analysis of topics in Prinmi, based on first-hand data collected for a large scale typological study of information structure. A variety of topics are found in Prinmi in the study; Table 1 shows how they may be encoded. The topic-comment construction can be used to convey complex information, such as: (a) Chained comment construction: Topic + Comment1 + Comment2 (+ … + Commentn) (b) Contrastive topic-comment construction: Topic1-Comment1 + Topic2-Comment2 (+ … + Topicn-Commentn) (c) Recursive topic-comment: Hanging TopicS + Comment // TopicS1-Comment1 (+ … + TopicSn-CommentSn) I will discuss the function of the variety of topics in Prinmi. Their encoding as well as the syntactic structure of topic-comment construction will be investigated in detail.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/188207

 

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dc.contributor.authorDing, PSen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-08-21T07:45:33Z-
dc.date.available2013-08-21T07:45:33Z-
dc.date.issued2013en_US
dc.identifier.citationThe 23rd Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (SEALS-23), Bangkok, Thailand, 29-31 May, 2013. In the Abstracts of the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society, 2013, p. 32en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/188207-
dc.description.abstractPrinmi is a Tibeto-Burman language spoken in Yunnan and Sichuan provinces of southwest China. It demonstrates a high degree of topic prominence, as discussed in Li and Thompson (1976). Topic prominence is a typological characteristic of Sino-Tibetan languages, cf. Chao‘s (1968) analysis of spoken Chinese. It probably represents an areal feature of South-East Asia, which, as a linguistic area, embraces mainland South-East Asia and south China. Furthermore, topic prominence is also observed in such Sinospheric languages as Japanese and Korean. This paper presents an analysis of topics in Prinmi, based on first-hand data collected for a large scale typological study of information structure. A variety of topics are found in Prinmi in the study; Table 1 shows how they may be encoded. The topic-comment construction can be used to convey complex information, such as: (a) Chained comment construction: Topic + Comment1 + Comment2 (+ … + Commentn) (b) Contrastive topic-comment construction: Topic1-Comment1 + Topic2-Comment2 (+ … + Topicn-Commentn) (c) Recursive topic-comment: Hanging TopicS + Comment // TopicS1-Comment1 (+ … + TopicSn-CommentSn) I will discuss the function of the variety of topics in Prinmi. Their encoding as well as the syntactic structure of topic-comment construction will be investigated in detail.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherThe Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (SEALS).-
dc.relation.ispartofAnnual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society, SEALS-23en_US
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.titleAn analysis of topics in Prinmi: In a cross-linguistic perspectiveen_US
dc.typeConference_Paperen_US
dc.identifier.emailDing, PS: picus@hku.hken_US
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