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Non-referential actor indexing in Nehan

Olstad, John


Non-referential actor indexing is found in many languages in the form of 3PL impersonal constructions. In the sentence, “They don’t drink root beer in Australia.”, the actor 'they' does not refer to any specific entity. In addition to 3PL impersonals, the Nehan language of northern Bougainville uses non-referential actor indexing for middle voice-like constructions, undergoer promotion, and — perhaps uniquely — expands impersonal constructions using 3SG agreement to indicate that the actor of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2012-10
Type: Conference paper


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