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Language Bending In Micronesia

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Title:Language Bending In Micronesia
Authors:Ellis, S. James
Keywords:linguistics
Date Issued:01 Jun 2007
Publisher:University of Hawai'i at Mānoa Department of Linguistics
Citation:Ellis, S. James. 2007. Language Bending In Micronesia. University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Working Papers in Linguistics 38(4).
Series:University of Hawai‘I at Mānoa Working Papers in Linguistics
Abstract:Clause chaining, a phenomenon identified in Papuan languages as involving strings of medial verbs with limited inflection followed by a final verb with full inflectional possibilities, is as common as it is var.ied in the Papuan languages of New Guinea. This paper details aspects of the clause chaining system in Kamano Kafe, a language of the Eastern Highlands group, in which medial verbs not only show morpho.logical alternations for same vs. different subject between clauses in a clause chain – common in many clause chaining systems – but they also feature a paradigm of preview subject agreement (PSA) markers which inflect for person and number of the subject of a following clause in the clause chain. The interac.tion between TAM morphology and PSA is explored here in order to make claims about the syntactic struc.ture of clause chains in Kamano Kafe, primarily to argue for a subordination relationship of medial clauses to final verb clauses, and for the functional use of these syntactic structures in establishing complexmacro.events.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/73216
Rights:Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License
Volume:2007
Appears in Collections: Working Papers in Linguistics - 2007


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