Distributives in Amele: A Role and Reference Grammar Analysis

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Roberts, John R
This paper examines distributives in Amele, a Papuan language spoken in Papua New Guinea. There are two types of distributives in Amele: lexical distributives, which are formed by reduplication of a lexical item or some part thereof, and inflectional distributives, which are marked by object agreement on the verb. Lexical distribution can apply to all lexical categories, including nouns, postpositions, and verbs, while inflectional distribution applies only to verbs. The inflectional distribution marked on verbs has already been identified in Role and Reference Grammar (RRG) as the “event quantification operator.” This paper discusses and evaluates the status of lexical distributives in RRG operator theory. It proposes that lexical distribution which does not apply to verbs should be categorised as a new phrasal operator called “referential quantification.” While event quantification in Amele has the values of singular (one), dual (both), and plural (all), referential quantification has the values only of singular (one) and plural (all).
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Abbreviations; 1 Introduction; 2 A brief introduction to RRG; 3 Distributives in Amele; 3.1 Inflectional distributives; 3.1.1 Operator projections for inflectional distributive examples; 3.2 Lexical distributives; 4 Lexical distributives and Operator Theory; 5 Conclusion; References
Role and Reference Grammar
referential quantification
reciprocal relationship
reciprocal action
operator theory
event quantification
Amele language
Papua New Guinea
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