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Revisiting Relativization Asymmetries in Philippine-Type Symmetrical Voice Languages

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Title:Revisiting Relativization Asymmetries in Philippine-Type Symmetrical Voice Languages
Authors:Bondoc, Ivan
Keywords:linguistics
Date Issued:01 Sep 2018
Publisher:University of Hawai'i at Mānoa Department of Linguistics
Citation:Bondoc, Ivan. 2018. Revisiting Relativization Asymmetries in Philippine-Type Symmetrical Voice Languages. University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Working Papers in Linguistics 49(3).
Series:University of Hawai‘I at Mānoa Working Papers in Linguistics
Abstract:This paper proposes an accessibility hierarchy for relativization via the gap strategy in languages with a Philippine-type symmetrical voice system. A signature property of the Philippine-type symmetrical voice system is the presence of voice morphology on the verb that selects one of the elements as syntactically prominent. Using a grammaticality judgment task, native speakers of five languages exhibiting Philippine-type symmetrical voice (Pangasinan, Western Subanon, Blaan, Tagalog, and Cebuano) were consulted on the acceptability of relativization of various arguments in the different voice types. The findings showed that in all five languages, the pivot argument is the most accessible element for relativization using the gap strategy. Yet, two of the languages surveyed also allowed the relativization of the non-pivot agent. The preliminary findings suggest a Pivot > Non-Pivot Agent accessibility hierarchy for symmetrical voice languages. The implications of these findings are discussed.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/73271
Rights:Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License
Volume:2018
Appears in Collections: Working Papers in Linguistics - 2018


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