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Covert word classes: Seeking your own syntax in Tukang Besi

Donohue, Mark


Examining syntactic categories in Tukang Besi, an Austronesian language of Indonesia, we find that there are additions to the traditional fixed categories. In addition to the firmly definable categories of nouns and verbs, there are many lexical items that are precategorial: they may be used, without derivation, with either nominal morphosyntax or verbal morphosyntax. Additionally, there is a class of 'adjectives' that display odd behaviour in terms of morphological markedness reversals and...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Studies in Language
DOI: 10.1075/sl.32.3.06don


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