This study aims to provide an analysis of the V i V i N construction in Taiwanese, which is obligatorily accompanied by a negative evaluative reading on the post-verbal noun. Based on observations including the citation tone on the final syllable of the reduplicative verb form and the form's relative positions with modals and manner adverbs, we suggest that the verb has moved to a higher position without leaving the vP. Also based on the indispensability of the post-verbal noun, we propose that an uninterpretable evaluative feature moves from the NP to the edge of the DP phase and then to that of the vP phrase, in order to value the head of the Eval(uative)P (based on Pesetsky & Torrego 2007). Ostensibly, this construction with a very long-distance dependency poses a problem for the phase theory (Chomsky 2001, 2008), but the problem can be solved by Move-F in a relaying-style scheme to accomplish the Agree.
|Effective start/end date||2019/08/01 → 2020/07/31|
- long-distance dependency
- verb reduplication