A dynamic analysis of minimizers in Chinese lian…dou construction

Minimizers are widely acknowledged cross-linguistically to denote a minimal quantity, extent or degree. With respect to minimizers in Mandarin Chinese, Shyu (Linguistics 54:1355–1395, 2016) claims that their so-called negative polarity is purely syntactically determined and is facilitated by the lian…dou (‘including…all’) EVEN construction. Within the framework of Dynamic Syntax (Kempson et al., Dynamic syntax: the flow of language understanding, Blackwell, 2001; Cann et al., The dynamics of language, Elsevier, 2005) which allows for interaction between syntactic, semantic and pragmatic information, we demonstrate that the total negation is actually derived from the interaction between syntax, semantics and pragmatics, rather than being determined by purely syntactic means.
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Year:
2021
Type of Publication:
Article
Journal:
Journal of Logic, Language and Information volume
Volume:
30
Number:
2
Pages:
429–449
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