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Discourse motivations for pronominal and zero objects across registers in Vera'a

Schnell, Stefan; Barth, Danielle


The choice between pronominal and zero form for objects in the Oceanic language Vera'a is investigated quantitatively in texts from two registers with discourse topics of three different ontological class memberships. Discourse topicality is found to predict best the choice between pronoun and zero, outranking the factors of ontological class membership, antecedent form, and antecedent function. Contrary to current models of referent tracking, antecedent distance does not show any effect at...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Language Variation and Change
DOI: 10.1017/S0954394518000054


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