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Interpreting 都 to 1 TO in earlier Southern Min texts
© Lien. 2015
- Received: 14 August 2014
- Accepted: 3 October 2015
- Published: 19 November 2015
The paper explores the polyfunctional word 都 to 1 TO in early Southern Min texts dating back to the sixteenth century or even earlier. Unlike 都 dou 1 in Mandarin, which mainly functions as a maximality operator, 都 to 1 in Southern Min is chiefly used as a modal particle expressing a concessive meaning or meaning of unexpectedness as a type of conventional implicature rather than pragmatic inference. However, it can be identified as expressing maximality and exhaustivity in construction with wh-words and negation. In a nutshell, the concessive sense is taken as the default sense unless it is overridden by the interpretation of 都 to 1 as a maximality operator. I will examine the syntactic and semantic properties of 都 to 1 based on these texts. Its interpretation hinges on the structural position it occupies and the collocates it interacts with.
- Southern Min
As attested in early Southern Min texts,1 都 to 1 TO is mainly subject to two interpretations: (1) a concessive interpretation and (2) an interpretation of maximality and exhaustivity. The two interpretations are structure-driven. The concessive meaning is obtained by the conflict between the at-issue meaning of the sentence marked by 都 to 1 and the presupposition or inferred meaning driven by the linguistic context.2 The universal and distributive meaning induced by 都 to 1 is only compatible with the plural meaning carried by noun phrases. Since the construction featuring 都 to 1 is ambiguous between concessive and distributive meaning, we need some linguistic cues to disambiguate it. Let us assume that the concessive meaning is the default, unless the noun phrase constrained by 都 to 1 is a determiner phrases with a plural quantifier. In this particular situation, 都 to 1 would take on the distributive function and become a universal operator. The concessive meaning would be overridden if there was no linguistic cue to bring about a conflict between presuppositions of the word meaning and the at-issue expression. Since 都 to 1 alone is potentially ambiguous between the concessive meaning and the interpretation of maximality and exhaustivity, my focus will be to pin down its exact meaning by examining the structural position it occupies in sentences. In addition to structural cues inside sentences, there is a need to draw on cross-sentential elements for pinning down the interpretation of 都 to 1 . Our strategy is to first identify the sentence-internal elements that 都 to 1 co-occurs with. If there is a restrictor that 都 to 1 binds, then it takes on the function of a maximality operator (Giannakidou and Cheng 2006; Cheng 2009). If there is a contradiction or incompatibility between the at-issue expression and a certain assumption or the presupposition inferable from a preceding proposition over and above the sense of exhaustivity and maximality, then 都 to 1 will be construed as a modal particle featuring the concessive meaning. According to König (1988), concessive clauses involve incompatibility of two eventualities. Concessivity denotes conventional implicature arrived at based on the contradictory relation between the asserted part and presupposition in sentences.3 Cross-linguistic evidence points to five types of origins of concessives: (1) elements expressing emotions such as spite, obstinacy, and contempt, (2) free-choice quantifiers, (3) temporal or conditional connectives, (4) elements emphasizing truth, and (5) elements implying the coexistence of two facts. 都 to 1 seems to belong to the second type of origin, as it features both a maximality operator and a concessive indicator. As will be argued in the following discussion, the interpretation of 都 to 1 will rest on the interface between sentence-internal and cross-sentential elements especially when the concessive sense is involved.
The structure of the paper is organized as follows. We will first explore the sequence of 都 to 1 + X (Section 2) where X may be the copula 是 si 7 (2.1), negatives (2.2), modals (2.3), agentive marker in passives (2.4), the aspect marker (2.5) or verbs (2.6). Then we will look into the sequence of X + 都 to 1 in Section 3 where X may be 盡 tsin 7 (3.1), 不 m 7 (3.2), or 是 si 7 (3.3).4 Section 4 concludes the paper.
The structural position that 都 to 1 occupies with respect to other functional words bears on the issue of its interpretation. 都 to 1 either (1) precedes or (2) follows other functional elements. Let’s consider the first type. 都 to 1 occurs before the focus marker 是 si 7 , negative elements like 不 m 7 , 無 bo 5 , 未 be 7 , and 袂 bue 7 ,5 and modal verbs like 卜 berh 4 , 著 tioh 8 , 通 thang 1 , 會 ue 7 , and 敢 kann 2 . In this position, 都 to 1 is ambiguous between both the concessive and distributive interpretation.
2.1 都 to 1 + the focus marker 是 si 7
都 to 1 can be taken as an operator that binds its restrictor, whereas the copula 是 si 7 can be regarded as the focus marker that covers its nucleus scope based on the theory of tripartite structure (Partee 1991; Hajičová et al. 1998). While the nucleus scope always immediately follows the focus marker 是 si 7 , the restrictor can precede or follow the maximality operator 都 to 1 .6 For example, the restrictor, indicated by being underlined below, precedes the operator in 1 and 2 and follows it in 3. The restrictor may remain implicit, as in 4.7
2.1.1 都是 to 1 si 7
伊百般苦痛,都是為我 (26.074 嘉靖 Jiajing)
i1__pah 4 puann 1 __khoo 2 thiann 3 __to1__si7__ui7__gua2
The suffering she has gone through are all for me.
姻緣早晚,都是月老推付 (2.027 萬曆 Wanli)
in 1 ien 5 __tsa 2 buan 2 __to1__si7__geh8lo2 __tui1hu3
Predestined marriage sooner or later is arranged by the legendary go-between.
街上都是公子、王孫 (6.036 嘉靖Jiajing)
kue1tsiunn7__to1__si7__kong 1 tsu 2 __ong 5 sun 1
Streets are all thronged with princelings and nobles.
我想起來都是五百年前註定 (9.017道光 Daoguang)
It dawns on me that it was predestined five hundred years ago.
2.2 都 to 1 + negatives
都 to 1 may occur before negatives such as 不 m 7 ‘not’, 未 ber 7 ‘not yet’, 無 bo 5 ‘not have’, and 袂 bue 7 ‘cannot, may not’. Let us take a short detour on diachronic aspects of negatives before embarking on discussing the collocation of 都 to 1 and the negatives. 不 m 7 is a negative element featuring a syllabic nasal, and the character 不 or its graph variant 伓 or 毌 adopted to represent the word is a semantic loan in Southern Min. In other words, m 7 and 不 *pK have their separate etymological origin. The pronunciation m 7 evolves from negatives featuring *m- initial, whereas不 comes from negatives featuring *p- initials shared by negatives such as 不 and 弗.8 Depending on the kinds of predicates that it occurs with, 不 m 7 can function as a plain negative word or a negative coupled with a silent boulomaic modal, as in 伊不捌我 i 1 m 7 pat 4 gua 2 he not know I ‘he doesn’t know me’ and 伊不來 i 1 m 7 lai 5 he not come ‘He doesn’t want to come’. 未 ber 7 ‘not yet’ is a negative counterpart of the perfective aspect marker 了 liau 2 or the inchoative aspect marker 囉 loo 0 /啦 lah /啊 a0.9 無 bo 4 is indisputably taken to be a fusion of a negative m- and the verb 有 you 3 ‘have’. Old Chinese as a synthetic language boasts negatives with rich lexicalized sense of grammatical categories such as mood, conditionality, and aspect, among others. 無 bo 4 may be ambiguous between negation of existence and negation of deontic modality in Old Chinese. (Dobson 1966; Pulleyblank 1995: 84) 無 bo 4 in modern Southern Min features only negation of existence, but not the function of deontic modality, even though it develops a newly rising pluractional function, as in 伊有食薰 i 1 u 7 tsiah 8 hun 1 he have eat cigarette ‘he smokes’ taking on a habitual sense.10 袂bue 7 ‘cannot’, a phonetic loan character, is also a fusional word comprising a negative m- and a modal 解 ue 7 (often written as 會, a semantic loan character) ‘can’ denoting capability or possibility, as in 狗解吠 kau 2 ue 7 pui 7 dog can bark ‘Dogs can bark’ and 明仔載解落雨 bin 5 -a 2 -tsai 7 ue 7 loh 8 hoo 7 tomorrow can fall rain ‘It will rain tomorrow’.
Let us turn now to the collocation of 都 to 1 and negatives. 都 to 1 in this configuration carries a concessive meaning in that 都 to 1 as a modal particle can be used to mark the following at-issue expression in its scope which conflicts with the presupposition as the inferred meaning from what is expressed in a previous utterance.
2.2.1 都不 to1 m7
辛苦在心內,都不敢呾 (22.07 嘉靖 Jiajing)
Even though hardship is in my mind, I dare not air it.
伊心向痛,都不來見阮 (27.032萬曆 Wanli)
Even though he is sad, he won’t come to see me
多少郎君卜求,我只心中都不願 (11.017 嘉靖 Jiajing)
Though there are so many suitors, I will not accept their proposal.
潑伊人,都不畏了冷伊人 (22.111 嘉靖 Jiajing)
Though I splash water on him, I don’t fear that it will make him catch cold.
瓜田李下,都不畏人疑 (30.065 道光 Daoguang)
Even though you are in the melon patch and under the plum tree, you do not fear being open to suspicion’
Following the suggestions made by an anonymous reviewer, we can motivate the concessive meaning conveyed by 都 to 1 as a kind of conventional implicature rather than conversational implicature. The concessive meaning conveyed by 都 to 1 in each of the above complex sentences is derivable due to the existence of background sentence. The meaning of the main clause in each of the above sentences is in conflict with the inference obtained from the antecedent clause featuring a silent concessive marker such as 著算 tioh 8 -sng 3 right count ‘even though’. For example, splashing water on someone will cause him to feel cold, as in 8. This is expressed in the subordinate clause, and its meaning conflicts with what is expressed in the main clause. The apparent noun phrase such as 瓜田李下 kua 1 tien 5 li 2 ha 7 in the melon plots and under the plum tree, a juxtaposition of two noun phrases, as in 9, may stand for a whole proposition when the missing predicate is restored.
2.2.2 都無 to1 bo5
罵簡都無打緊 (11.27 順治 Shunzhi)
Even (you) scolding me will be okay.
小七老了都無厶 (30.124 順治 Shunzhi)
I (Little Seven) am getting on in age, and yet I have no wife.
恁乾埔人都無主意,阮姿娘人有乜主意? (34.009 道光 Daoguang)
You men don’t even have any idea, let alone we women, what idea can we women have?
Thus, both 都不 to 1 m 7 and 都無 to 1 bo 5 express a concessive meaning, but they differ at least on two counts. First, 都無 to 1 bo 5 rather than 都不 to 1 m 7 involves a scalar model. Second, the restrictor of 都 to 1 is the predicate that it precedes in the first case, whereas its restrictor in the latter case is the underlined element in the subject position.
2.2.3 都未 to 7 be 7
我早起都未食 (22.371 嘉靖 Jiajing)
I haven’t even eaten yet since I got up in the morning.
三哥自來寒舍都未八相動問 (23.317 光緒 Guangxu)
You (i.e.,Third Brother) haven’t even asked after me yet since you came here.
2.2.4 都袂 to1 bue7
我是你翁仔,都袂罵得你? (11.65 順治 Shunzhi)
I am your husband; couldn’t I even scold you?
你都袂割捨得共小妹呾一聲 (26.007 道光 Daoguang)
You are even reluctant to talk to me.
姻緣成就,許時都袂記得小妹 (21.039 道光 Daoguang)
If the marriage is fulfilled, you will not even remember me then.
大樹都袂受金刀斧,人都袂受得人千聲嘮嘈。 (21.038 道光 Daoguang)
tua7 tshiu7__to1__bue7__siu7__kim1__to1poo2__lang5__to1__bue7__siu7__tit4__lang5 tshien1siann1__lo1tso1
Even huge trees cannot bear the gold hatchet. People cannot even tolerate the sheer human din.
2.3 都 to 1 + modals
都 to 1 may occur before a range of modals such as the volitional modal 卜 berh 4 ‘want’, deontic modals like 著 tioh 8 ‘must’ and 通 thang 1 ‘can, may’, and dynamic modals like 會 ue 7 ‘can, be able to’ and 敢 kann 2 ‘dare’. 卜 berh 4 ( cf. 要 yao 4 ‘want’ M.) might be a modal verb indigenous to Min; seeing as its etymological origin is unknown, and the character used to identify it, 卜, was adopted based on its sound rather than meaning. 著 tioh 8 (cf. 得 dei 3 or 應該 ying 1 gai 1 ‘should’ M.) may be a result of grammaticalizing the causative verb 著 tioh 8 ‘have, ask, get (sb. to do sth.)’ (Hsu 2013). Whereas ue 7 written as a semantic loan character 會 (cf. 能 neng 2 ‘can’ or 會 hui 4 ‘can/may’ M.) can be traced back to 解 xie 4 ‘know, understand’ with confidence, the etymological origin of 通 thang 1 (cf. 可以 ke 3 yi 3 ‘can/be allowed to’ M.) remains still unsettled. There is no question about the etymology of 敢 kann 2 .
All examples featuring this constructional type will take on the default concessive sense unless there are quantifier noun phrases as the restrictors bound by the maximality operator 都 to 1 .
2.3.1 都卜 to 1 berh 4
Examples 19, 20, and 21 with the particle 都 to 1 coupled with the volitional modal卜berh 4 ‘want’ all show the stubborn propensity or behavior on the part of the subject in resistance to some common code of conduct or social mores. Thus, all the three examples show the unexpected behavior of the protagonist as well as a concessive sense. Such an interpretation is justified against the backdrop of the knowledge background provided for each case.
賊婢都卜來賴人 (29.074 光緒 Guangxu)
You wretched maid nevertheless have the nerve to blame others.
伊都卜啼,罔乞伊啼 (34.067 道光 Daoguang)
i1 to1 berh4 thi5 bong2 khit4 i1 thi5
She wants to weep. We might just as well let her cry.
亞娘都卜不梳,亞公亞媽知了,不句愛罵 (22.003 道光 Daoguang)
If you are not willing to have your hair combed, won’t grandpa and grandma scold you again when they get to know it?
2.3.2 都著 to 1 tioh 8
三人手都著搥 (23.115 光緒 Guangxu)
All three persons’ hands should be pounded.
我都著叫伊官,你夭不叫? (31.050 道光 Daoguang)k
11Immediately after 官 kuann 1 ‘official’ there may be a missing morpheme 儂 lang 5 ‘person, humans’. So 官儂 kuann 1 lang 5 means ‘master’ as opposed to 官儂 kuann 1 lang 0 ‘Mandarin’
Even if I call him master. How can you not call (him)?
2.3.3 都會 to 1 e 7
琴、棋、書、畫我都會 (25.089 嘉靖 Jiajing)
I excel at zither, chess, calligraphy and painting.
恁師父磨鏡,都會唱歌 (9.136 順治 Shunzhi)
Whenever your master polished mirrors, he would sing.
One may wonder whether the absence of a concessive meaning of 都會 to 1 e 7 may have to do with the sense of 會 ue 7 ‘can’. What we can observe at the present stage is that the concessive and quantitative senses of 都 to 1 are in competition. Whenever no inferential meaning is obtainable to be in conflict with the meaning of the main clause, then another meaning of 都 to 1 emerges. So its quantitative interpretation comes about by default.
2.3.4 都通 to 1 tang 1
只一簡仔,都通叫我名 (28.115 嘉靖 Jiajing)
This maid can even call my name.
你都通磨鏡,我不通補鼎? (19.221 道光 Daoguang)
If you can even polish mirrors, can’t I mend the wok?
2.3.5 都敢 to 1 kann 2
叫你名啞,你無正經,罵你都敢。 (17.1636-64 順治 Shunzhi)
I call your name. Since you are not decent, I can even scold you without a qualm.
只賊奴乜大膽都敢罵我 (26.163 嘉靖 Jiajing)
The rascal is so bold and even dares to scold me.
罵啞?打都敢 (4.05 順治 Shunzhi)
Scold you? I even dare beat you.
2.4 都 to 1 + the agentive marker 乞 khit 4 in passives
亞娘,咱只處呾話,都乞陳三聽見勞 (22.081 道光 Daoguang)
Our talks here have been overheard by Chen San, Madam.
汝心都乞狗食去 (8.014 光緒 Guangxu)
Your heart has been eaten by dogs.
亞娘都乞小八攃去到泉州了 (32.055 光緒 Guangxu)
The lady has been taken by Little Eight to Quanzhou.
Following Bowers (2010), I postulate a layer of VoiceP (VoiP for short) to account for the presence of the agent marker in passives. VoiP has the feature of [+/− act]. If the feature is positive, the agent (ag) selects DP in an active sentence. If the feature is negative, the ag selects a prepositional phrase headed by the preposition 乞 khit 4 in a passive.12
2.5 都 to 1 + the aspect marker 在只 ti 7 tsi 2
都 to 1 occurs before a locative phrase 在只 ti 7 tsi 2 at-here ‘here’, which later developed into the progressive marker. Example 34 takes on the interpretation of maximality and exhaustiveness.
2.5.1 都在只 to 1 ti 7 tsi 2
簡都在只聽候啞娘 (15.095 順治 Shunzhi)
kan1__to1__ti7 __tsi2 __thiann3hau7__a1-niu5
I have all along been here waiting for you.
2.6 都 to 1 + verbs
都 to 1 may be immediately followed by verbs without being mediated by modals or other elements. Since verbs are an open class grammatical category, I will only focus on 有 u 7 ‘have’ as an example. The presence of 都 to 1 in 35 as a yes-no question casts into doubt the very proposition that men have periods, a totally impossible situation. Example 36 occurs in a situation in which Wuniang reminds Chen San that the lychee as a token of love is still in his place in response to his request for a keepsake. Chen San utters 37 complaining that Wuniang would not hold his hand. Yichun, the maid, says 38 calling her lady Wuniang’s attention to the situation that someone made a sound outside the wall. All these examples exhibit a concessive meaning and some measure of unexpectedness.
2.6.1 都有 to 1 u 7
乾埔人都有月經? (5.099 道光 Daoguang)
Do men even have periods?
阮都有荔枝值恁處 (23.400/401光緒 Guangxu)
Why is the lychee that belongs to me at your place.
爾都有手不來牽 (23.303 光緒 Guangxu)
You have hands, and you don’t even want to hold me.
牆外都有人做聲 (13.037 順治 Shunzhi)
There is someone making a sound outside the wall, though.
All the cases of 都 to 1 featuring the sense of concession, preceding negatives (2.2), modals (2.3), the VoiP (2.4), the aspect marker (2.5) or verbs (2.6), occupy the specifier of the concessive project in complementizer CP in line with Rizzi’s fine structure of the left periphery. Negation, modality, voice, and aspect are the functional projection in TP.
The second type of the structural position of 都 to 1 is its occurrence after other functional elements such as 盡 tsin 7 , 不 m 7 , and 是 si 1 . Various types of constructions result from such combinations. 都 to 1 , along with a preceding synonym, 盡 tsin 7 , yields a compound maximality operator. When preceded by 不 m 7 , 都 to 1 occurs in a tag question. 都 to 1 functions as an intensifier when followed by the focus marker 是 si 1 .
3.1 盡都 tsin 7 to 1
百姓人盡都歡喜 (38.015嘉靖 Jiajing)
The folks are all in a merry mood.
看許賞燈人盡都歡喜 (7.029嘉靖 Jiajing)
We can see those lantern-viewing throngs are all quite in a merry mood.
The juxtaposition of 盡都 tsin 7 to 1 is useful to disambiguate 都 to 1 and narrows down its meaning to ‘all’, as in 伊人琴棋書畫盡都曉通 i 1 lang 5 khim 5 ki 5 su 1 ui 7 tsin 7 to 1 hiau 2 thong 1 he person chess zither calligraphy painting exhaustively TO know through ‘He excels at all of the skills of music, chess, calligraphy and painting’ (26.010 嘉靖 Jiajing) where 盡都 tsin 7 to 1 functions as a maximality operator. Still another way to narrow down its meaning is for 都 to 1 to co-occur with a wh-word, as in 趁我興, 乜都度你 than 3 gua 2 hing 3 mih 4 to 1 thoo 7 li 2 follow I fancy what TO give you ‘Everything will be given to you if you suit my fancy’ where the universal quantifier ‘whatever, everything’ is built on the combination of the wh-word 乜 mih 4 ‘what’ and the operator 都 to 1 (16.061 順治 Shunzhi).
3.2 不都 m 7 to 1
According to the functional architecture of the languages proposed in Rizzi (1997, 2004), there are three layers: the VP layer (viz. the lexical layer headed by the verb), the IP (or rather TP) layer (viz. inflectional layers headed by functional categories such as agreement, modality, voice, tense, aspect, among others), and the CP layer (the complementizer layer hosting kinds of force such as interrogative, imperative, and exclamative mood).14 There may be recursive topics but only a single focus between Force P and FinP. Later version of this approach entertains the idea of split-up Force. The function of 不 m 7 in the construction featuring 不都 m 7 to 1 not TO can be given an explicit and motivated account in terms of this theoretical framework.
When the negative word 不 m 7 occurs before 都 to 1 , the sentence changes its mood from the indicative to the interrogative mood, realized as a tag question in this construction. 不 m 7 is higher than 都 to 1 in the hierarchy of functional categories as proposed in Rizzi (1997, 2004). That may be the reason why the sentence takes on the interrogative mood. 不都 m 7 to 1 seems to be similar to a negative tag question ‘isn’t it?, right?’, as in 41, each of which is interpretable given the cross-sentential elements as shown in previous or following sentences. What follows are three dialogs: (a) 41a–b, (b) 42a–b, and (c) 43a–d. This clause-initial 不 m 7 is on a par with one type of the tag question particle eh in Canadian English.15 The common implication of these four dialogs conveyed by 都 to 1 involves the subjectivity on the speaker concerning the contradiction of two propositions.
a. 生:不都無人聽 (9.167 順治 Shunzhi)
Male lead: Nobody will listen, right?
b. 貼:唱那好,伊便有人聽 (9.168 順治 Shunzhi)
If you sing well, you will be listened to.
a. 外:你去共伊說,叫: 我收租未返來 (37.025 道光 Daoguang)
16叫 kio 3 is a quotative marker showing what follows is a direct quote. See Lien (2013) This quotative function of 叫 kio 3 is to some extent similar to like in English, except that the former only occurs alone immediately preceding the quoted speech. See, for example, Barbieri (2005) for the use of like as a colloquial quotative marker.
Go and tell him, “ I have not returned from a trip to collect rents.”
b. 淨:你不都返來勞? (37.026 道光 Daoguang)17
Loo 0 勞 as well as liau 0 了as a SFP denotes inchoative aspect.
Haven’t you return home?
a. 丑:唐明皇是乾埔人啞是孜娘人? (4.392-3順治 Shunzhi)r18
乾 ta 1 ‘dry’ in 43b is adopted in place of 幹 kan 3 ‘do’, an obvious typo, in the text. 乾 is admittedly not an etymologically viable character, in that 乾 kuann 1 , as in 牛肉乾 gu 5 bah 4 kuann 1 cattle meat dry ‘beef jerky’, is a semantic loan character for 焦 ta 1 ‘dry’ in Southern Min. But the sense of dry is totally unrelated to the sense in the disyllabic word 乾埔 ta 1 poo 1 dry plain ‘male (person)’.
Thiu2: tong5bing5__hong5__si7__ta1poo1__ang5__a7 si7__tsu1niu5__lang5
BFN: Tang.ming__emperor __COP__man__person__or__woman__person
Is Emperor Ming of Tang a man or a woman?
b. 貼:唐明皇是乾埔人¸乜孜娘人? (4.394-5順治 Shunzhi)
Emperor Ming of Tang is a man. Is he a woman?
c. 丑:不都有月宮 (4.396 順治 Shunzhi)
There is a moon palace (periods), eh?
d. 旦:正是月宮 (4.397 順治 Shunzhi)
Tuann3:tsiann3 si7 geh4-king1
Exactly. There is a moon palace.
不都 m 7 to 1 in this section merits a comparison with 都不 to 1 m 7 in Section 2.2. The interpretation of each sequence can be arrived at by putting together the pieces and following the manner in which they are built into a whole. The former functions in a tag question, whereas the latter participates in a concessive sentence. The occurrences of 都 to 1 in both sequences are related. 都 to 1 in 不都 m 7 to 1 still retains its sense of exhaustivity and maximality in that 都 to 1 in 41a evokes the interpretation that the singer is worried that whenever he sings nobody will listen. He relies on 不 m 7 functioning as a tag question particle to ask his addressee to tell him whether his worry is valid. The latter gives a positive response to dispel his worry. Likewise, an interpretation prompted by 都 to 1 emerges in 43c that whenever Emperor Ming of Tang is mentioned, it inevitably conjures up an image of his visitation to the moon palace. The negative element 不 m 7 heading the clause functions as a tag question particle and is used by the speaker to seek confirmation of his supposition with the addressee. As shown in 43d, the addressee gives an emphatic positive answer where the copula 是 si 7 is preceded by tsiann 3 正 ‘exactly’.
3.3 是都 si7 to1
a. 貼:只牆外都親像乜人做聲 (24.079嘉靖 Jiajing)
Someone seems to make a sound outside the wall.
b. 旦:益春,是都親像人做聲 (24.081嘉靖 Jiajing)
Tuann3: Iah4 tshun1, si7 to1 tshin1-tshiunn7 lang5 tsoh4 siann1
Indeed someone seems to make a sound, Yichun.
是都聽見了 (24.272嘉靖 Jiajing)
You indeed heard it.
是都不打婆仔了 (5.343順治 Shunzhi)
You sure don’t want to beat me.
In this paper, I propose that 都 to 1 as attested in earlier Southern Min texts features two basic functions, either as a maximality operator or a modal particle carrying concessive meaning or both. The maximality operator 都 to 1 binds its restrictor vis-à-vis the nucleus scope. The concessive meaning of the modal particle 都 to 1 is arrived at by asserting an at-issue proposition induced by the particle 都 to 1 in conflict with a presupposition. The sense of unexpectedness conveys the surprise on the part of the speaker at the occurrence of a situation. It can be viewed as resulting from incompatibility of two eventualities or a comparison of two propositions or two properties in a scalar situation. This is a case of conventional implicature rather than pragmatic inference. The paper also shows the relationship that the semantic functions of 都 to 1 have with its structural position in the hierarchy of functional categories and tries to pin down the theoretical importance of such a relation (Cinque 1999). I take the concessive meaning as the default interpretation in the sentences featuring 都 to 1 , unless this interpretation is overridden by the interpretation of 都 to 1 as a maximality operator. The latter interpretation is made possible by the presence of the quantifier noun phrase that 都 to 1 binds as its restrictor vis-à-vis the nucleus scope, and no further additional conventional implicature such as concessivity is involved. A point worth mentioning is that the concessivity of 都 to 1 takes on the default function due to its robust existence despite its being the further development of the original sense of maximality and exhaustivity.
Earlier Southern Min texts comprise five editions of playscript featuring the Romance of the Lychee Mirror (Wu, 2001a, b, c, d; Quanzhoushi 2010). Time frame of each edition is 嘉靖 Jiajing (1522–1566), 萬曆 Wanli (1573–1619), 順治 Shunzhi (1644–1661), 道光 Daoguang (1821–1850), and 光緒 Guangxu (1875–1908).
I borrow the term at-issue meaning from Potts (2012). Unlike the conventional implicature, the at-issue meaning involves the current content that the speaker takes as primary in interaction with his addressee before it is accepted into the common ground.
The spelling of Southern Min in this paper is based on the Church Romanization given in Douglas (1873). Some modifications have been made. In particular, the diacritic tone marks have been replaced by numerical superscripts. No distinction is made between ch and ts or chh and tsh as they do not involve phonemic contrast. Open o and closed o are rewritten as oo and o, as in 古 koo 2 ‘old’ and 稿 ko 2 ‘draft’. Nasalization of vowels is signaled by a double n, as in 天 thinn 1 ‘sky’. /⨼/ and /^/ are rendered as /er/ and /ir/ respectively.
袂 bue 7 is a fusional word of two morphemes: 毋 m 7 + 解 ue 7 . Its positive counterpart is解 ue 7 (may, can), which is often rendered as 會, a loan character of 解. Note that the nasal onset *m- has to be denasalized when the final is not nasalized in modern Southern Min.
The term maximality operator encompassing both maximality and exhaustivity is due to Giannakidou and Cheng (2006) and Cheng (2009). It was previously termed generalized distributive operator (Lin 1998). We can see that the function of quantification 都 to 1 in Southern Min is quite similar to 都 dou 1 in Mandarin in this respect.
Abbreviations used in the paper: ACC accusative marker, BFN buffoon, male or female, CLF classifier, COM comic character, male or female, COP copula, EXCL exclusive, EXP experiential aspect Marker, EXT extent marker, FL female lead, INCH inchoative aspect marker, INCL inclusive, M Mandarin, ML male lead, MOD modal, PERF perfective aspect marker, PL plural, SECMC secondary male character, SFC secondary Female character, SFP sentence-final particle, SUBMC subsidiary male character, and SUF suffix The rendition of the names of various roles in the play is due to van der Loon (1992: 38).
否 fou 3 and 不 bu 4 in modern Mandarin come from 不 *pK, a departing tone word, and 弗 *pKt, an entering tone word, in Old Chinese, respectively. See Yang (1971) for the insight on the etymological origin of 否 fou 3 (<不 *pK) and 不 bu 4 (<*pKt 弗) which is in turn due to Fangkuei Li. Note that Old Chinese reconstruction is based on Baxter and Sagart (2014: 330). See Norman (1995) for the idea that negatives with *p- initial and negative *m- initial are an important grammatical criterion on which northern and southern Chinese dialects can be distinguished. Note that apart from m 7 , put 4 often written as 不 (<*pKt 弗) occurs only in the literary stratum in Southern Min, as in 伊真不孝 i 1 tsin 1 put 4 hau 3 he very not dutiful ‘He is not dutiful (to his parents)’. There is no reflex of不 *pK in the colloquial and indigenous layer of modern Southern Min, whereas it has developed into 否 fou 2 in modern literary Chinese. Admittedly, there are problems of textual mix-up of the reflexes of 不 *pK and 弗 *pKt due to obliteration of the latter character perhaps prompted by taboo considerations.
Here, silent is taken in Kaynean sense (Kayne 2005). As I understand it, uncovering silent elements from a comparative perspective is an important means of establishing language universal patterns.
It is noteworthy that 沒 mei 2 resulting from the convergence of 無 and 未 in Mandarin is ambiguous between negation of existence and negation of perfectives or inchoatives, as in 他沒腳 ta 1 mei 2 jiao 3 he not.have leg ‘he has no legs’ and 他沒繳 he not.yet pay ‘he has not paid (e.g., taxes) yet’. The two interpretations are realized as 伊無骹 i 1 bo 5 kha 1 he not.have leg and 伊 (猶) 未交 i 1 (iah 4 ) ber 7 kau 1 he not.yet pay in Southern Min.
Immediately after 官 kuann 1 ‘official,’ there may be a missing morpheme 儂 lang 5 ‘person, humans’. So 官儂 kuann 1 lang 5 means ‘master’ as opposed to 官儂 kuann 1 lang 0 ‘Mandarin’
Bowers (2010) posits three primary argument types, Ag(ent), Th(eme), and aff(ectee). An innovative element of his approach is that Ag merges first with a root verb in actives or passives, and the Ag occupies the lowest hierarchical position. VoiP is sandwiched by T, PrP, and various argument types. PrP or T and VoiP bearing EPP feature are responsible for assigning the structural cases, viz. nominative and accusative case, respectively. An exploration of passives in Southern Min along these lines will be quite fruitful. However, I will leave it for future endeavor, as it will go far afield from the present concern.
Hypercharacterization involves co-occurrence of two synonyms redundant to each other. (Malkiel 1957; Lehmann 2005) The excessive morphological marking has the effect of mutual reinforcing. It bears on the notion of strengthening of informativeness (Traugott and König 1991) as well as layering and persistence as phenomena of grammaticalization (Hopper 1991).
Cf. Wiltschko’s Universal Spine hypothesis where layers such as CP (linking), IP (anchoring), AspP (point of view), and vP (classification) are distinguished. (Wiltschko 2014: 75)
See Avis (1972) for the function of the sentence-final particle eh? in Canadian English and Tubau (2014) for discussion of the confirmatory pragmatic particle innit in English. See also Columbus (2010) for various functions including confirmation check carried by invariant tags such as eh, yeah, no, and na in three varieties of English, viz. New Zealand, Indian, and British English.
叫 kio 3 is a quotative marker showing what follows is a direct quote (see Lien 2013). This quotative function of 叫 kio 3 is to some extent similar to like in English, except that the former only occurs alone immediately preceding the quoted speech. See, for example, Barbieri (2005) for the use of like as a colloquial quotative marker.
Loo 0 勞 as well as liau 0 了as a SFP denotes inchoative aspect.
乾 ta 1 ‘dry’ in 43b is adopted in place of 幹 kan 3 ‘do,’ an obvious typo, in the text. 乾 is admittedly not an etymologically viable character, in that 乾 kuann 1 , as in 牛肉乾 gu 5 bah 4 kuann 1 cattle meat dry ‘beef jerky’, is a semantic loan character for 焦 ta 1 ‘dry’ in Southern Min. But the sense of dry is totally unrelated to the sense in the disyllabic word 乾埔 ta 1 poo 1 dry plain ‘male (person)’.
An earlier version of this paper was presented at The 22nd Annual Conference of the International Association of Chinese Linguistics and The 26th North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, College of Arts and Humanities, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA, May 2–4. I thank the audience for comments. The research that this paper is based on was partially supported by NSC 103-2923-H-007-001 and the Multicultural Studies in Monsoon Asia project, Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences, National Tsing Hua University. I am debted to Liying Chen for sorting out the data and computerizing the paper. Thanks are also due to anonymous reviewers and Dingxu Shi for insightful comments and suggestions. All errors remain mine.
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