Morphosyntactic correlates of reference in Auye

Statement of Responsibility:
Moxness, Michael
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Date:
2011
Abstract:
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.
Extent:
27 pages
Subject:
VIP reference
thematic reference
participant reference strategy
Participant reference
Papuan languages
morphosyntax
Discourse
Auye
Country:
Indonesia
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Subject Languages:
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