Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Text-Based Exploration of Topics in White Hmong
by Birnschein, Katherine Ann, M.A., The University of North Dakota, 2019, 232; 27545714
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis traces the historical development of the understanding of White Hmong grammar, comparing, contrasting, and synthesizing the extant analyses. It then responds to these analyses, based exclusively on a corpus of interlinearized texts included as appendices. It proposes new elements in the grammar including an indefinite article, a potential prefix (the perfective aspect marker), and several aspect markers that have grammaticalized from adverbs. It resolves conflicting descriptions of the constituent order of the noun phrase. It clarifies a number of incomplete or inaccurate descriptions including the lexical and structural ambiguity of constructions involving the homophones of tau (a lexical verb, an aspect marker, and a modal auxiliary), the deixis system of demonstratives, and restrictions on the use of classifiers and personal pronouns. It quantifies the frequency of syntactically and pragmatically controlled zero anaphora and proposes restrictions on its pragmatic use. It also provides RRG-style diagrams of serial verb constructions.

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Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Marlett, Stephen A.
Commitee: Clifton, John M., Fried, Robert
School: The University of North Dakota
Department: Linguistics
School Location: United States -- North Dakota
Source: MAI 81/7(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Linguistics, Asian American Studies, Asian literature
Keywords: Grammar, Hmong language, RRG, Serial verb construction, Text-based, Tree diagram
Publication Number: 27545714
ISBN: 9781392643389
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