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Sources of Proto-Oceanic Initial Prenasalization: The View from Outside Oceanic

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dc.contributor.authorReid, Lawrence A.en_US
dc.identifier.citationReid, Lawrence. "Sources of Proto-Oceanic Initial Prenasalization: The View from Outside Oceanic." In Grammatical Analysis: Morphology, Syntax, and Semantics: Studies in Honor of Stanley Starosta, edited by Videa P. De Guzman and Byron Bender, 30-45. Oceanic Linguistics Special Publication No. 29. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2000.en_US
dc.description.abstractOne of the foremost contributions of Stan Starosta to the study of language change has been his insistence on motivated analyses of the structures under consideration within a constrained linguistic theory in order to provide sets of comparably analyzed data. His version of dependency grammar, Lexicase, provides such a framework for the study of syntactic change. In this paper, I attempt to show, using Lexicase analyses of the relevant structures, that certain syntactic changes in early stages of Austronesian languages, specifically the development of determiners from earlier demonstrative nouns, were accompanied by varying patterns of loss of the prepositions that had earlier functioned as either case markers of their following noun phrases, or had connected them to following (nominal) relative clauses. In some languages, the preposition was lost. In others, it became fused with the demonstrative noun, while in others it became a proclitic to what was earlier the head of the following relative clause. It was the latter process, still in operation in some of the Minahasan languages, that ultimately led in Proto-Oceanic to the development of a set of initial prenasalized consonants.en_US
dc.format.extent17 pagesen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesOceanic Linguistics Special Publicationen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesNo. 29en_US
dc.subjectMalayo-Polynesian languagesen_US
dc.subject.lcshGrammar, Comparative and generalen_US
dc.subject.lcshProto-Oceanic languageen_US
dc.titleSources of Proto-Oceanic Initial Prenasalization: The View from Outside Oceanicen_US
dc.typeBook Chapteren_US
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