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Title: THE PASSIVE CONSTRUCTION IN HOKKIEN
Authors: JUDY HO LAY KIM
Issue Date: 1996
Citation: JUDY HO LAY KIM (1996). THE PASSIVE CONSTRUCTION IN HOKKIEN. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This thesis investigates the various puzzles involving the passive construction in Hokkien. As a language, there has not been much studies in Hokkien. As such, the puzzles presented here have not been mentioned before in the literature. This thesis gives an analysis on the syntactic structure of the passive constn1ction as well as an analysis on its semantics. The claim is that in Hokkien, there exist two types of passive marker, namely ho and tiok. A puzzle which this thesis is concerned is the complementary relationship between the two passive markers with respect to the expression of logical subject. The claim is that ho is both a preposition and a marker of passive. As such, it licenses the expression of the logical subject. On the other hand, tiok forms a complex verb with the following verb. In addition, it has the property of intransitivizing the verb. Another puzzle is the interaction of the passive construction with verbs. I propose that the analysis to this puzzle lies crucially in the Lexical Conceptual Structure of the active sentences which calls for semantic primitives like ACT UPON, ADVERSE and CHANGE in STATE to be present before passivization can take place. Besides the semantic constraints, there is also a phonological constraint on the complex verb, tiok+V. The findings in Hokkien can also be used to account for passivization in another language, Mandarin
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/153181
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