Malagasy and Formosan Languages: A Comparison

Translated Titles



任查理(Charles Randriamasimanana)

Key Words

馬拉加西語 ; 鄒語 ; 泰雅語 ; 指示語主要語呼應 ; 從缺的原子屬性 ; 屬性擴散 ; Malagasy ; Tsou ; Atayal ; Spec-Head agreement ; missing feature ; feature spread



Volume or Term/Year and Month of Publication

5卷2期(2004 / 04 / 01)

Page #

409 - 431

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Chinese Abstract


English Abstract

In my paper 'Binary Branching and Null Subjects in Malagasy', it was shown that there exists a privileged relationship between a clausal head or inflections for tense/aspect and its specifier or grammatical subject. In particular, following a framework proposed in Haeberli (2000), it was argued that the specifier may contain a missing feature, which it has to pick up from the clausal head. Such a characterization fits in well with Malagasy, which as a configurational language retains its VP constituent, but not with Formosan languages, which by and large seem to have witnessed the demise of their VP constituents, given the prevalence of the VSO word order found in this group. One major purpose of this paper is to illustrate some of the similarities and differences between Malagasy and the Formosan subfamily 1 in terms of a missing atomic f(eature) characterization typical of Malagasy or its opposite, i.e., feature spread, whereby one atomic feature is spread over two different constituents, for example, shared by both the lexical head and its complement or by a functional head and its specifier.

Topic Category 人文學 > 語言學
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