Inalienable Possession in Amele: A Role and Reference Grammar account

Statement of Responsibility:
Roberts, John R
In this paper the forms and functions of the Amele inalienably possessed noun system are examined. It is shown that semantically, inalienably possessed nouns can be categorised as kinship terms, body part terms or personal attributes. The kinship terms also express an anthropological distinction between those terms which refer to the family of orientation and those which refer to the family of procreation. The inalienably possessed noun system is analysed in terms of the Role and Reference Grammar (RRG) model. RRG has a semantic representation independent of the syntactic representation and the operation of the inalienably possessed noun system can be better accounted for with reference to the semantic representation rather than the syntactic representation.
41 pages
Table of Contents:
Abstract; Abbreviations; 1 Introduction; 2 Alienable possession; 3 Inalienable possession; 4 Reflexive possession; 5 Derivations involving inalienably possessed forms; 6 Inalienably possessed forms and impersonal verb constructions; 7 The possessable and unpossessable; 8 Conclusion; References
Vowel harmony
Role and Reference Grammar
reflexive possession
possessor agreement
personal attributes
lexical and post-lexical rules
inalienable possession
family of procreation kinship terms
family of orientation kinship terms
discourse representation structure
body part terms
alienable possession
Papua New Guinea
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