The Structure of the Vietnamese Noun Phrase by Tuong Nguyen

The Structure of the Vietnamese Noun Phrase

Tuong Nguyen
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As a classifier language, Vietnamese is an
interesting case study of the internal structure of
noun phrases. This book is a study of the Vietnamese
Noun Phrase from a generative perspective. The
Vietnamese Noun Phrase is analyzed as a DP, which
contains multiple functional projections, including
Classifier, Numeral, Demonstrative, and Determiner
Phrases. Controversial issues such as the existence
of lexical articles in Vietnamese, the extra CI, and
the distinction between classifiers and measure words
are also discussed.

Crosslinguistic evidence supports the proposed
analysis for Vietnamese. The nominal word order
typology across Austro-Asiatic, Austro-Tai, and
Sino-Tibetan language families is demonstrated to
derive from the same underlying structure. It is
parametric differences between languages that govern
movement possibilities within DP, resulting in the
differing linear word order patterns. A unified
analysis of the typology of DPs involving
demonstrative and demonstrative reinforcers across
languages is also proposed. The results of this study
provide insight into the understanding and analysis
of noun phrase structure, both in Vietnamese and

Author Biography

Tuong Hung Nguyen (Nguyen Hng Tuong) received his Ed.M. in TESOL
and Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from Boston University. He has
taught English and English as a Second Language for over two
decades at various institutions. Currently, he is Assistant
Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages, ESL and Speech
at SUNY Broome Community College.

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The Structure of the Vietnamese Noun Phrase