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Voice systems in the Austronesian languages of Nusantara: typology, symmetricality and Undergoer orientation

Arka, I Wayan


This paper deals with the typology of the Austronesian (henceforth AN) languages of Nusantara (encompassing Indonesia, East Timor, the non-Indonesian part of Borneo) by looking at their voice systems and voice markings. It will be demonstrated that they consist of a number of language-types, which can be accounted for in terms of different (default) orientations along a continuum of Actor (A) vs. Undergoer (U).1 By and large, the AN languages of Nusantara are syntactically symmetrical, but...[Show more]

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Date published: 2002
Type: Working/Technical Paper


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