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Proto-Austronesian Genitive Determiners

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Title: Proto-Austronesian Genitive Determiners
Authors: Reid, Lawrence A.
Keywords: Noun-Phrase marking
Genitive constructions
LC Subject Headings: Proto-Austronesian language
Issue Date: 1981
Citation: Reid, Lawrence. "Proto-Austronesian Genitive Determiners." In Linguistics Across Continents: Studies in Honor of Richard S. Pittman, edited by Andrew Gonzalez and David Thomas, 97-105. Manila: Summer Institute of Linguistics (Philippines) and Linguistic Society of the Philippines, 1981.
Abstract: It is a well-known fact that most Philippine languages are verb-initial, and that the NPs that follow the verb have their relationship to the verb more or less explicitly marked by a set of morphemes which have been variously called articles, case-marking particles, prepositions, etc., but which I will refer to in this paper as determiners. Ivatan is a language which relies heavily on determiners to mark such relations, whereas Ilokano utilizes word order and other devices more extensively. Determiners not only signal the case relation of the NP which they (generally) introduce, but they usually also indicate whether the head noun is personal or common, whether it is singular or plural, and not infrequently such other information as the definiteness or specificity of the head noun as well as its temporal or spatial relation to the speaker. These features result in considerable complexity in the determiner systems of many languages, and complicate the task of reconstruction. No two languages exhibit precisely the same set, and often closely related languages vary considerably in the forms they use.
Pages/Duration: 12 pages
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