A unified analysis of Vietnamese mới ‘just/only’ as a scale-sensitive particle

  • Thuan Tran
  • Malte Zimmermann

Abstract

We present a unified analysis of the Vietnamese particle mới ‘just, only’ as an underspecified scale-sensitive exclusive particle, following work by Beck (2020) on German additive noch ‘still’. The particle mới ranges alternatively over temporal or other focus-induced scales. In its aspectual guise, mới ranges over temporal scales, excluding all times before the reference time, whereas in its exclusive guise, mới operates over focus scales triggered by its focus-associate, thereby excluding all larger plural individuals containing the focused entity.
Published
2021-09-17
How to Cite
Tran, T., & Zimmermann, M. (2021). A unified analysis of Vietnamese mới ‘just/only’ as a scale-sensitive particle. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 25, 823-840. https://doi.org/10.18148/sub/2021.v25i0.969