Transitivity and noun phrase marking in Namia

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Date:
2013
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17 pages
Abstract:
This paper examines variations in the distribution of accusative case markers and pronominal articles in Namia, a Papuan language of the upper Sepik valley, Papua New Guinea. It is argued that these variations are linked to th transitivity of the clauses in which they occur, and largely bear out the claims of Hopper and Thompson (1980). The language also uses identical case marking for ditransitive themes (direct objects) and recipients (indirect objects); this feature suggests further work is required to exammine the thesis that languages always have a grammatical difference in the treatment of these semantic roles.
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An earlier version of this paper was presented at the annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of Papua New Guinea, held at the University of Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby, 12th and 13th Septemberr 2008.
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Preprint
Country:
Papua New Guinea
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Subject:
Ditransitivity
Pronominal articles
Transitivity
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Entry Number:
42970