Information Structure in Asia: Yongning Na (Sino-Tibetan) and Vietnamese (Austroasiatic)

Alexis Michaud 1 Marc Brunelle 2
1 Speech Communication
MICA - International Research Institute MICA
Abstract : Languages of Asia are highly diverse. Rather than attempting a review of the literature about information structure in this huge linguistic area, this chapter provides observations about two languages that differ sharply in terms of how they convey information structure. Yongning Na (Sino-Tibetan) is an example of a language with abundant morphemes expressing information structure, whereas Vietnamese (Austroasiatic) makes little use of such morphemes. Along with key morphosyntactic facts, this chapter presents the role played by intonation in conveying information structure in these two tonal languages.
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Alexis Michaud, Marc Brunelle. Information Structure in Asia: Yongning Na (Sino-Tibetan) and Vietnamese (Austroasiatic). Féry, Caroline; Ishihara, Shinichiro. Oxford Handbook of Information Structure, Oxford University Press, pp.2048-2070, 2016. ⟨halshs-00945897⟩



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