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Title: Exhaustivity with Singlish then
Authors: Len Wanyan
Issue Date: 13-Nov-2017
Citation: Len Wanyan (2017-11-13). Exhaustivity with Singlish then. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: In this paper, I describe the semantics and syntax of three uses of Singlish then – conditional then, purposive then and nominal then. I suggest that the meanings of these three uses of Singlish then are transferred from Mandarin Chinese, a substrate language of Singlish. In chapter two, I propose that conditional then has two readings. The if reading is interpreted when then is not stressed while the only if reading is interpreted when then is stressed. I propose that only if conditional then introduces exhaustivity to the focused constituent it interacts with and it can only interact with focused constituents to its left. On the other hand, if conditional then acts as a lexical cue for the conditional meaning and does not introduce exhaustivity. It can interact with focused constituents to its left and right. In chapter three, I propose that purposive then has a goal-oriented modal in its matrix clause. Although purposive then does not introduce exhaustivity, the necessity force in the goal-oriented modal results in purposive then sentences having similar semantics as sentences with exhaustive then. I also show that the syntax of purposive then sentences is different from conditional then sentences. In chapter four, I propose that nominal then has similar semantics to only and only if conditional then. Nominal then introduces exhaustivity to a focused noun constituent to its left. However, unlike only if conditional then, nominal then cannot be used in conditional sentences.
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