The Weekly Newsletter of MIT Linguistics

Syntax Square 9/18 - Hui-Chi Lee

Speaker: Hui-Chi Lee (National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan)
Title: Resultative Structures in Hainan Min
Date/Time: Tuesday, Sept 18, 1-2p
Room: 32-D461

The study explores the resultative constructions in Hainan Min, a Chinese language spoken on the Hainan Island. The talk has three goals: to present the syntactic distribution of Hainan Min resultative constructions, to propose a typological analysis and to compare cross-linguistic data. I argue that Hainan Min resultative structure, unlike Mandarin, involves a syntactic mechanism rather than a lexical one. Two related Chinese languages (Southern Min and Cantonese) and Hlai (Tai-Kadai) are also compared.