Morphosyntactic correlates of reference in Auye

Auye employs a very distinct reference strategy for narrative discourse. A "dominant" referent (or group) is consistently marked throughout the narrative with morphosyntactic forms that distinguish it from other referents. Languages around the world that have such a reference strategy usually mark the distinction on the referent NP. Auye, instead, expresses the distinction by means that are both morphological (tense-aspect marking on the mainline verb) and syntactic (special temporal adverbial clause types). After a description of the reference strategy, a proposed Dominance Hierarchy will attempt to show the correlation between the relative degree of dominance assigned to the referents and their morphosyntactic expressions.
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Table of Contents:
1 Introduction 2 Thematic reference strategies in Papuan languages 3 Reference strategy in Auye 3.1 Verb morphology 3.2 Temporal adverbial clauses 4 Modifications to the basic thematic strategy in Auye 4.1 A referent can have both markings in the same text 4.2 The DOMINANT referent is not identical with the "central" character 4.3 A modified understanding of the basic thematic strategy 5 Text corpus analysis 5.1 Statistics according to morphosyntactic marking and role 5.2 Is there a legitimate Dominance Hierarchy operative in Auye narrative discourse? 5.3 Summary of evidence 6 Conclusion A. Overview of Auye verb tense and aspect B. Dominance in non-narrative discourse C. Perfectivity in Auye verbs D. Texts Abbreviations References
Papuan languages
Participant reference
participant reference strategy
thematic reference
VIP reference
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