Unmarked transitive verbs in Melanesian Pidgin

Statement of Responsibility:
Lynch, John
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19
Date:
2010
Publisher:
SIL International
Publisher Place:
[Dallas]
Part Of Series:
SIL e-Books 19
Extent:
pages 227-245
Abstract:

Although all four major varieties of Melanesian Pidgin mark transitivity by a verbal suffix of the form , there is a small group of verbs in each of them which are unmarked when used transitively—more in Bislama and Broken than in Tok Pisin and Pijin. I will show that there are different kinds of explanations for different cases of zero-marking involving the origin, function, or form of the verb.

Publication Status:
Published
Country:
Papua New Guinea
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Subject:
Verbs
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Relation Text:
A Mosaic of languages and cultures: studies celebrating the career of Karl J. Franklin, Kenneth A. McElhanon and Ger Reesink
Entry Number:
9270
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