This project investigates the associative marker gai in Hakka complex noun phrases, exploring its syntax and semantics. It is argued that the gai marker hosts a functional projection ClassP in the nominal structure and is shown to encode the concept of partitivity, namely denoting a potentially specific subset of a larger set. This analysis of gai is shown to fit with the cross-linguistic picture regarding classification and partitivity.
|Effective start/end date||2019/08/01 → 2021/01/31|
- associative marker
- adjectival modification
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