Polar questions in Kham Mueang and Standard Thai

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dc.contributor.advisor Syed, Saurov
dc.contributor.author Pistotti, Timothy Joseph
dc.date.accessioned 2022-07-27T02:50:34Z
dc.date.available 2022-07-27T02:50:34Z
dc.date.issued 2022 en
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/2292/60601
dc.description.abstract This thesis distinguishes between seven distinct strategies used across languages to form polar questions. These strategies include the use of question particles, interrogative verb morphology, interrogative word order, the absence of declarative morphemes, interrogative intonation, pragmatic/semantic cues, and the use of polar alternative questions. There is great variation between languages in which strategies are available and how they are used. The main goal of this thesis is to investigate the key properties of the available polar question strategies in Standard Thai and Kham Mueang. Presenting data from a variety of languages, Chapter 1 introduces seven attested polar question strategies and then lays out the key research objectives of this thesis. It shows that while both Standard Thai and Kham Mueang form polar questions with what I refer to as Polar Particle Questions (or PPQs) and Polar Alternative Questions (PAQs), each language also has a unique configuration of other strategies. Chapter 2 demonstrates that while interrogative intonation is an obligatory strategy in Standard Thai, it is unavailable in Kham Mueang. Chapter 3 discusses the semantic and syntactic distribution of the polar particles in Standard Thai and Kham Mueang. Chapter 4 then analyzes the underlying structure of PPQs and PAQs, discussing the benefits of a polar particle analysis over a disjunction-deletion model. Chapter 5 presents the findings of recent research which proposes that polar particles can be subdivided into three types. It then argues that Standard Thai and Kham Mueang polar particles have unique properties which necessitate the introduction of a fourth and fifth particle type. Finally, this chapter summarizes the findings of this thesis, which, at its core, is an examination of the interface between semantics, syntax, and intonation.
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dc.relation.ispartof Masters Thesis - University of Auckland en
dc.relation.isreferencedby UoA en
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dc.title Polar questions in Kham Mueang and Standard Thai
dc.type Thesis en
thesis.degree.discipline Linguistics
thesis.degree.grantor The University of Auckland en
thesis.degree.level Masters en
dc.date.updated 2022-06-27T10:13:15Z
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