When to use a genitive pronoun in Mori Bawah (Sulawesi, Indonesia)

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Date:
2008
Part Of Series:
Studies in Philippine Languages and Cultures; 10-ICAL Pronoun Papers; Volume 17 (2008)
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pages 137-178
Abstract:
The Mori Bawah language of Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, has a robust morphosyntactic divide between verb and noun. In general, verbs are forms which are indexed with nominative and absolutive clitics, while genitive suffixes are generally restricted to indexing possessors on possessed nouns. Nonetheless, there are limited areas of the grammar in which 'verbal' forms can appear with genitive indexing. In some cases the genitive indexing could be said to indicate the subordinate or nominalized status of the erstwhile verb. In other cases, however, the form which takes genitive indexing appears to be verbal, certainly in the sense that it can occupy the predicate position of an independent clause (with implications for whether certain interclausal relationships are subordinate or coordinate in nature). Finally, I document certain contexts in which there has been a shift away from the use of genitive pronouns in favor of other, more typically verbal, pronoun sets.
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Published
Country:
Philippines
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Subject:
Syntax
Genitive pronouns
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Entry Number:
42065