Graduate Institute of Linguistics, National Tsing Hua University
UST Working Papers in Linguistics, Graduate Institute of Linguistics, National Tsing Hua University, Volume 3, Pages 63-81
We examine two subtypes of ho clauses in Tsou- resultative and descriptive, and argue for their syntactic statuses of being adverbials. The first claim made in this study is that the conjunction ho is better analyzed as a subordinator, which introduces an adjunct clause, diverging from its coordination usage. The second claim is concerned about the syntactic positions that the ho clauses occupy. Syntactic evidence shows that the two ho clauses should be adjoined to vP or TP rather than CP. Finally, the process of grammaticalization of ho clauses proposed by Chang Y. Y (2003) will be supported and modified according to the findings in this paper.