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Barai clause junctures : toward a functional theory of interclausal relations

Olson, Michael Leon


Barai is a Papuan language of the Koiarian family of languages in the Oro and Central Provinces of Papua New Guinea. Perhaps the most striking feature of Barai and indeed of Papuan languages generally is their profuse chaining of: clause and clause~like structures to form sentences of considerable length. These clause chains have steadfastly resisted analysis in terms of some of the most basic linguistic constructs such as the subject, the clause, transitivity, and subordination. As...[Show more]

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Date published: 1981-06
Type: Thesis (PhD)


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