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Discourse practices as an areal feature in the New Guinea region? Explorations in Paluai, an Austronesian language of the Admiralties

Schokkin, Dineke


This article explores discourse practices in Paluai (Admiralties, Oceanic, Austronesian), spoken on Baluan Island (Manus Province,Papua New Guinea), comparing similarities and differences with discourse practices in Papuan languages (see e.g. de Vries, 1995, 2005, 2006). Many Papuan languages exhibit discourse practices which cross genetic boundaries: ‘distributive’, ‘thematizing’ and ‘recapulative’ strategies, which may lead to a high frequency of certain expression types and ultimately to...[Show more]

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Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Pragmatics
DOI: 10.1016/j.pragma.2013.09.021


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