Semantics of Sa'a transitive suffixes and thematic consonants

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Date:
2012
Degree:
M.A., Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics, Dallas.
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274 pages
Abstract:
In the Sa'a language of the Solomon Islands, the transitive form of some verbs is made by adding only an object clitic. Other verbs add a transitive suffix of the form -(C)i before the object clitic. Some verbs form a second intransitive by adding -(C)a'i and a second transitive with -(C)a'ini plus object clitic. Most verbs may also be nominalized by adding -(C)a. These patterns of affixation are shared by many Oceanic languages. In each of these forms the -C is chosen from a limited set, known in the literature as the thematic consonants. Most Oceanic analysts consider the consonants to be lexically determined and meaningless, although a few identify semantic groups of verbs which tend to share a consonant. This thesis presents several semantic features, instigation, affectedness, intentionality, durativity, telicity, and result, which interact to control the choice of consonant and suffix for Sa'a verbs and deverbal nouns.
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Published
Table of Contents:
Table of contents -- Dedication -- Acknowledgements -- List of tables -- List of maps and figures -- Abbreviations and other conventions -- 1. Introduction -- 1.1 Overview of thesis -- 1.2 Geography -- 1.3 Language family -- 1.4 History of linguistic study -- 1.5 Detailed preview of thesis -- 1.6 Data corpus description -- 2. Phonology -- 2.1 Phoneme inventory and orthographic conventions -- 2.2 Vowel raising -- 2.3 Syllable and stress patterns -- 3. General features of Sa'a morphosyntax -- 3.1 Basic clause structure -- 3.2 Noun phrases and their constituents -- 3.3 Prepositional Phrases -- 3.4 Verb phrase constituents other than the verb word -- 3.5 Clause order and topicalization -- 4. Verb morphology -- 4.1 Verbal affixes -- 4.2 Literature review -- 4.3 Relevant semantic concepts -- 4.4 The typology applied to Sa'a: patterns of the (C) i suffix sequence -- 4.5 The meaning of the ‘thematic consonant’ suffixes -- 4.6 Further complexity involving derived verbs -- 4.7 Summary -- 5. Applications beyond Sa'a -- 5.1 Thematic consonant meanings in other Oceanic languages -- 5.2 The meanings of the Sa'a thematic consonants m and r -- 5.3 The (C) i sequence in other Oceanic languages -- 5.4 Extending the feature-based event structure template model -- 5.5 Concluding remarks -- Appendix A. Person-number markers and grammatical relations -- Appendix B. Infrequent clause templates -- References Cited -- Vita for Karen Crowder Ashley
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Solomon Islands
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transitivity
thematic consonants
telicity
result
Oceanic language
morphology
intentionality
instigation
durativity
affectedness
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Entry Number:
54423