University of Southern California
Le, Giang Ha.
Vietnamese sentence final particles.
Degree: MA, East Asian Languages and Cultures, 2015, University of Southern California
This work presents a thorough description of
Vietnamese sentence final particles, including their pragmatic
usages and core meanings. In total, the paper investigates 28
primary particles and 45 dialectal variants that appear in sentence
final position. A few sub-syllabic meaningful units such as [+high]
tones, initial consonants đ, k, h, and nasals, are also identified.
This description leads to categorization of the particles into 4
major groups: the clausal typing particles, the deitic particles,
the aspectual particles, and the discourse markers. An
investigation into the hierarchical order of the particles suggests
that the order of functional projections in CP domain is
DeikP2>ForceP. This order would suggest that in Vietnamese the
discourse domain (DiscourseP) is higher than propositional domain
(DeikP) which is then higher than the sentential (ForceP) domain.
The paper also explores syntactic analyses for three particles in
particular: không, chưa, and đâu. The proposed derivation for NPQ
involving the first two particles is that: không is base-generated
in Neg and move to C for SFP interpretation, whereas chưa is
base-generated in C and does not undergo movement. This work also
provides support to an analysis where đâu is not a wh-word in a NWC
but is simply a head in ForceP.
Advisors/Committee Members: Simpson, Andrew (Committee Chair), Li, Audrey (Committee Member), Hayden, George (Committee Member), Kim, Namkil (Committee Member), Hoskins, Janet A. (Committee Member).
Subjects/Keywords: descriptive linguistics; syntax; particles; head directionality
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APA (6th Edition):
Le, G. H. (2015). Vietnamese sentence final particles. (Masters Thesis). University of Southern California. Retrieved from http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/p15799coll3/id/536491/rec/7834
Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):
Le, Giang Ha. “Vietnamese sentence final particles.” 2015. Masters Thesis, University of Southern California. Accessed October 26, 2020.
MLA Handbook (7th Edition):
Le, Giang Ha. “Vietnamese sentence final particles.” 2015. Web. 26 Oct 2020.
Le GH. Vietnamese sentence final particles. [Internet] [Masters thesis]. University of Southern California; 2015. [cited 2020 Oct 26].
Available from: http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/p15799coll3/id/536491/rec/7834.
Council of Science Editors:
Le GH. Vietnamese sentence final particles. [Masters Thesis]. University of Southern California; 2015. Available from: http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/p15799coll3/id/536491/rec/7834