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Positional verbs in Nen

Evans, Nicholas


In this paper, I lay out the workings of the rather unusual system of positional verbs found in Nen, a language of the Morehead-Maro family in Morehead district, Western Province, Papua New Guinea. Nen is unusual in its lexicalization patterns: it has very few verbs that are intransitive, with most verbs that tend to be intransitive cross-linguistically realized as morphologically middle verbs, including ‘talk’, ‘work’, ‘descend’, and so on. Within the fifty attested...[Show more]

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Date published: 2014-12
Type: Journal article
Source: Oceanic Linguistics
DOI: 10.1353/ol.2014.0019


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