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Spatial language in Tungag

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Title: Spatial language in Tungag
Author(s): Fast, Karin
Keywords: Lavongai language – Grammar
Melanesian languages
Austronesian languages
Papua New Guinea – Languages
Date published: 2015
Publisher: Canberra, ACT : Asia-Pacific Linguistics, School of Culture, History and Language, College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University
Citation: Fast, K. (2015). Spatial language in Tungag. Asia-Pacific Linguistics Open Access Monographs, A-PL 020 / Studies in the Languages of Island Melanesia, SLIM 004. Canberra, ACT: Asia-Pacific Linguistics
Series/Report no.: Asia-Pacific Linguistics: A-PL 20
Studies in the Languages of Island Melanesia: SLIM 4
This book examines the different linguistic means used to describe or refer to motion and location in space in Tungag, an Austronesian language spoken in Papua New Guinea. The description, based on a spoken and written corpus of about 100,000 words, includes a grammatical sketch of Tungag, in addition to a detailed description of the linguistic means available for talking about motion. Each of these strategies is defined and discussed in depth, using examples from the corpus. Spatial language in Tungag is also approached from the perspective of how these linguistic means are mapped onto motion events, and situated in their typological context. Tungag does not fit well into the typology which contrasts “satellite-framed” languages (encoding manner in the main verb and path in a satellite to the verb) and “verb-framed” languages (encoding path in the main verb and manner in a satellite or subordinate phrase). Instead, in Tungag the combination possibilities for different elements of a motion event are relatively free.
ISBN: 9781922185211 (ebook)


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