Chapter published in:Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Vietnamese Linguistics
Edited by Nigel Duffield, Trang Phan and Tue Trinh
[Studies in Language Companion Series 211] 2019
► pp. 69–80
A more perfect unification
Exploring a Nano-syntactic solution to Vietnamese đã
In this paper, we provide a new analysis of the Negative Constraint in Vietnamese, whereby the anterior morpheme đã loses its perfect reading in negative contexts. The Nanosyntax approach adopted here is claimed to derive this constraint without the stipulations inherent in existing formal accounts (e.g., Trinh 2005; Duffield 2017; Phan & Duffield 2016, 2019).
Keywords: Vietnamese syntax, aspect-negation interactions, Negative Constraint
Published online: 09 October 2019
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