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Simplifying a system: a story of language change in Lelepa, Vanuatu

Lacrampe, Sebastien


This paper focuses on the problem posed by the vowel surfacing during two encliticization processes in Lelepa (Oceanic, Vanuatu), with the nominalizer =na ‘NMLZ’ and the pronominal =s ‘OBL’. For instance, the verbs faam ‘eat’, mat ‘dead’ and fan ‘go:IRR’ are derived as nafaamina ‘food’, nmatena ‘funeral’ and nafanona ‘departure’. While the base forms have the same vowel /a/, those vowels surfacing before =na seem unpredictable. This paper discusses several possible explanations for these...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Conference publications
Date published: 2012-10
Type: Conference paper
Source: Proceedings of the 42nd Australian Linguistic Society Conference 2011


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