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Title: The Left Periphery of Nominal Expressions: Perspective Phrase in Mandarin Chinese
Authors: Tsai, Hui-Chin Joyce
Contributors: 語言所
Keywords: deictic;DP periphery;left periphery;perspective phrase
Date: 2014-05
Issue Date: 2015-09-14 16:49:37 (UTC+8)
Abstract: Mandarin Chinese utilizes the morpheme qian 'front' in the [qian + Num + Cl + N] sequence (henceforth the qian phrase) to express the counterpart of the English phrase the first three prime ministers. The qian phrase is a deictic expression which may assume two different readings expressing 'absolute' and 'relative' points of view. I therefore argue that qian possesses a [Perspective] feature which introduces a Point-of-View variable (henceforth POV), which may be bound by the speaker or by an internal protagonist. If the POV variable is bound by the speaker, it results in a relative reading; if it is bound by an internal protagonist, it returns an absolute reading. This analysis suggests that nominal phrases are parallel to clauses in having a syntactic projection with pragmatically relevant features (i.e. the Perspective Phrase).
Relation: Concentric: Studies in Linguistics, 40(1), 37-64
Data Type: article
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