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Title: The semantics and grammar of Vietnamese classifiers
Keywords: Vietnamese, classifiers, typology, noun categorization, semantics, syntax
Issue Date: 7-Feb-2005
Citation: SIM SOOK HUI (2005-02-07). The semantics and grammar of Vietnamese classifiers. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This thesis describes Vietnamese classifiers within the integrated typological framework of classifiers proposed by Aikhenvald (2000). Her work presents a functional-typological and empirically based account of noun categorization devices across languages of the world. However, up to the present, no in-depth study of the classifiers of a single language has been based on such framework; moreover, especially in the context of Southeast Asian languages, many classifier systems are still only superficially understood. Since Aikhenvalda??s work promises to serve as a guide for analytical work on languages and their noun categorization systems, this study adopts such framework to clarify and consolidate our knowledge about Vietnamese classifiers; in the process, the validity of the framework a?? against a language that is not covered in much detail by Aikhenvald a?? can be tested.In this thesis, we look at the fundamental parameters for the typology of classifiers in the classifier system of Vietnamese. These include in particular the semantic organization of the system, the morphosyntactic locus of coding, the scope of categorization, the principles of choice of classifiers as well as the interaction with other grammatical categories. These topics are covered under the main chapters of the syntax, semantics, and functional analyses of Vietnamese classifiers. I also look at some properties of classifiers from an areal perspective as well as that of genetic relatedness. Finally, I evaluate Aikhenvalda??s framework to accommodate the Vietnamese data and suggest possible refinements.
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