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Breaking the clause chains: non-canonical medial clauses in Nungon

Sarvasy, Hannah


Clause chaining in Papuan languages is a keystone of the literature on switch-reference (Haiman and Munro 1983, Stirling 1993). Canonically, a clause chain is considered to comprise one or more ‘medial’ clauses, followed by a single ‘final’ clause. In Nungon and other Papuan languages, canonical clause chains coexist with non-canonical clause chains, which either feature medial clauses postposed after the final clause, or lack a final clause altogether. I examine the functions of non-canonical...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015-10
Type: Journal article
Source: Studies in language
DOI: 10.1075/sl.39.3.05sar


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