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Title: Malay morphosyntax : the role of meN-
Author: Akbar , Farah
Awarding Body: University of Essex
Current Institution: University of Essex
Date of Award: 2013
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The issue of Malay clause structure and the possible mappings from argument structure to surface grammatical functions is surprisingly vague and there is not a complete consensus in the literature despite the attention it has received. The literature has somewhat neglected the active bare verb clause or the "meN-less" clause. In this thesis we aim to make a contribution to the analysis of Malay clause structure by (i) providing more adequate discussion of the neglected active bare verb clause and (ii) providing a more comprehensive approach to and treatment of the contribution of meN-. Previous treatments of the active bare verb clause have been quite partial and often passed as informal register. In the first part of the thesis we review previous account of the clause structures in Malay by comparing the works of Alsagoff (H)SJ2), Arka and Manning (1998) and Musgrave (2001) in the Lexical Functional Grammar framework and evaluate the adequacy of these approaches, particularly on the data which has not been accounted for. We suggest that Arka and Manning (1998) and Musgrave (2001) are accurate in the possible mappings from argument structure to surface grammatical functions and propose that their approach can be extended to also take into account the structures that they do not deal with, namely the active bare verb clause. In the second part of the thesis we provide the analysis and formalization of the role of meN- in the Generative Lexicon framework as a novel contribution to Malay linguistics while adopting the Single Active hypothesis (Nomoto, 2010a). We propose that meN- is polysemous and its predicative meaning can be attained through the process of coercion and co-composition. We also suggest that meN- opts for a [+stage] reading interpretation when prefixed to adjective and verb bases.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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