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Discontinuous Noun Phrases in Ngkolmpu

Carroll, Matthew


It has been claimed that Ngkolmpu (Yam, Papuan) displays discontinuous noun phrases (Donohue 2011). However, careful textual analysis of a corpus of naturalistic language reveals that, in practice, this is highly restricted. The data shows two relatively rare constructions which give rise to limited discontinuous structures. The first is an afterthought construction involving a full co-referential nominal constituent adjacent to the clause. This co-referential constituent is both syntactically...[Show more]

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Date published: 2020
Type: Journal article
Source: Studies in Language
DOI: 10.1075/
Access Rights: Open Access


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