A grammar of Makalero : a Papuan language of East Timor

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A grammar of Makalero : a Papuan language of East Timor

Type: Doctoral Thesis
Title: A grammar of Makalero : a Papuan language of East Timor
Author: Huber, Juliette
Publisher: LOT - Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics, Utrecht
Issue Date: 2011-06-01
Keywords: Descriptive grammar
Makalero
East Timor
Papuan
Phonology
Word classes
Syntax
Vocabulary
Isolating
Valency
Abstract: This work is the first comprehensive description of Makalero, a language spoken by approximately 6,500 speakers in the Iliomar subdistrict, in the south-east of the Republic of East Timor. Makalero has been classified as belonging to the Trans-New Guinea family, making it one of the westernmost Papuan languages. While it retains scattered derivational and inflectional processes, it is largely isolating in structure. Underlying the organisation of discourse at a very basic level is the rigid structure of the Makalero clause, which allows for the expression of two verbal arguments at most. A characteristic feature of this clause structure is the presence of two distinct, mutually exclusive argument positions within the verb phrase, the first of which is reserved for undergoers, while the second may express either undergoers, or location and manner information. The description brought forward in this dissertation is not couched in a particular theoretical framework, although insights from several linguistic theories are adduced to support the analysis. The appendices provide transcripts of several Makalero texts as well as a Makalero-English and an English-Makalero word list.
Description: Promotor: Prof. dr. M. P. G. M. Mous, Co-Promotor: Dr. A. T. P. G. van Engelenhoven
With Summary in Dutch
With Summary in Tetum
Faculty: Faculteit der Letteren
Citation: Huber, J. 2011, Doctoral Thesis, Leiden University
Series/Report no.: LOT dissertation series
279
ISBN: 9789460930607
Sponsor: LUCL, LUF, SGfbS (Swiss society for endangered languages)
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/17684
 

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