※ 清華語言所新038次專題演講公告 ※
講者：Prof. Hiep Nguyen (Vietnam Institute of Linguistics )
題目：Studies of grammar in Vietnam: An overview
地點：人社院 B305 教室
摘要：The aim of the talk is two-fold: (i) to provide an overview of different approaches in describing Vietnamese syntax, including traditional grammar, functional grammar, cognitive grammar, and generative grammar; and (ii) to highlight the contribution of the Institute of Linguistics in its capacity as a specialized research institution in Vietnam.
※ 清華語言所新039次專題演講公告 ※
講者：Dr. Trang Phan (Ton Duc Thang University)
題目：Plural markers in a classifier language: The case of Vietnamese
地點：人社院 B305 教室
摘要：It has been claimed that plural markers and classifiers do not cooccur in the same language (T’sou 1976, Chierchia 1998). However, many classifier languages exhibit plural markers (Cheng and Sybesma 1999, Li 1999, Kwon and Zribi-Hertz 2004, Hwang 2012, Nomoto 2013, among others). For such languages it has been said that plural markers and classifiers cannot both surface within the same noun phrase (Borer 2005). Moreover, plural markers in these kinds of languages appear to be optional (in the sense that just a bare noun is compatible with plural interpretation), as well as encoding more than just plural number (for instance, definiteness and specificity).
Vietnamese is an interesting testing ground for this debate. In this paper we will show that the plural markers những and các are not optional, they must cooccur with classifiers within the same noun phrase, and in addition to definiteness and specificity, they encode discourse features such as topicality.