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The Evolution of Focus in Austronesian (1981)

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Title:The Evolution of Focus in Austronesian (1981)
Authors:Starosta, Stanley
Pawley, Andrew
Reid, Lawrence A.
Keywords:Philippine-type languages
Syntactic change
LC Subject Headings:Austronesian languages
Date Issued:2009
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.
Pages/Duration:154 pages
Appears in Collections: Lawrence A. Reid: Articles, Monographs, Book Chapters

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