The imperative split and the origin of switch-reference markers in Nungon
The origins of switch-reference markers vary widely (Austin 1981, Haiman and Munro 1983, Haiman 1983, Jacobsen 1983, Li 1989, Roberts 1997, Fedden 2008). This paper explores the origins of switch-reference markers and of the imperative inflections in the Papuan language Nungon. Nungon is among those Papuan languages in which the subject-indexing suffixes used in different-subject contexts on ‘medial verbs’ differ formally from the subject-indexing suffixes of ‘final verbs’. While Haiman...[Show more]
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