Taiwanese Hokkien/Southern Min

Miao Ling Hsieh*

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The Southern Min languages, or Min Nan, are a family of Chinese languages spoken in southern Fujian, in Taiwan (where it is known as Taiwanese) and in Southeast Asia (known as Hokkien in Singapore and Malaysia). Both Taiwan Southern Min (TSM) and Mandarin (MD) feature the basic SVO order, while allowing topicalization and focalization. Just like MD, TSM also employs various sentence-final particles for marking questions and other discourse functions. Despite the similarities, TSM is generally characterized to be more topic-prominent and analytic compared to MD. The various sections of this chapter flesh out these descriptive characterizations and discuss what theoretical implications they may have. The five topics include word order, aspect/phase markers, causative/passive/unaccusative sentences, negative question particles, and nominal domains.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Handbook of Chinese Linguistics
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9781118584552
ISBN (Print)9780470655344
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Feb 25


  • Aspect markers
  • Causative sentences
  • Mandarin (MD)
  • Negative question particles
  • Nominal domains
  • Taiwanese Southern Min (TSM)
  • Taiwanese hokkien
  • Word order

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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