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The Evolution of Focus in Austronesian (1981)
|Title:||The Evolution of Focus in Austronesian (1981)|
Reid, Lawrence A.
|LC Subject Headings:||Austronesian languages|
|Citation:||Stanley Starosta, Andrew Pawley and Reid, Lawrence. "The Evolution of Focus in Austronesian (1981)." In Formosan Linguistics: Stanley Starosta's Contributions, vol. 2, edited by Elizabeth Zeitoun, 329-481. Language and Linguistics Monograph Series C6. Taipei: Academia Sinica, 2009.|
|Abstract:||The present paper attempts to account for the evolution of Western Austronesian focus constructions by showing that they evolved as a result of the reinterpretation of nominalized equational constructions by analogy with functionally equivalent verbal constructions, i.e., *-en, *ni-/-in-, *-ana, *iSi-, and possibly *mu-/-um- were all noun-deriving affixes in PAN that their verbal focus usages in the Formosan and Philippine languages represent a secondary development.|
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