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The expression of potential event modality in the Papuan language of Koromu

Priestley, Carol

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This paper aims to give an overview of the morphosyntax and semantics of potential event modality in Koromu (Kesawai), a Madang language in the Papuan group. Potential event modality refers to Palmer’s “events that are not actualized…but are merely potential” (2001:70). Some characteristics of event modality are compared with English and other Papuan/regional languages. The study is based on Koromu data in recorded texts, collected over a number of years and on earlier grammatical analysis...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorPriestley, Carol
dc.contributor.editorMaïa Ponsonnet
dc.contributor.editorLoan Dao
dc.contributor.editorMargit Bowler
dc.coverage.spatialCanberra Australia
dc.date.accessioned2012-09-26T05:19:54Z
dc.date.available2012-09-26T05:19:54Z
dc.date.createdDecember 1-4 2011
dc.identifier.citationPriestley, C. (2012). The expression of potential event modality in the Papuan language of Koromu. In M. Ponsonnet, L. Dao & M. Bowler (Eds), Proceedings of the 42nd Australian Linguistic Society Conference – 2011, Australian National University, Canberra ACT, 2-4 December 2011 (pp. 389-422).
dc.identifier.isbn978-0-9802815-4-5
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/9422
dc.description.abstractThis paper aims to give an overview of the morphosyntax and semantics of potential event modality in Koromu (Kesawai), a Madang language in the Papuan group. Potential event modality refers to Palmer’s “events that are not actualized…but are merely potential” (2001:70). Some characteristics of event modality are compared with English and other Papuan/regional languages. The study is based on Koromu data in recorded texts, collected over a number of years and on earlier grammatical analysis (Priestley 2002a, 2009, and forthcoming a). Meanings are represented in semantic explications in the natural semantic metalanguage, a metalanguage that can be used in many different languages (Goddard & Wierzbicka 2002). The findings include a range of constructions and meanings for “imperative” and “desiderative” type expressions, a distinction between external, internal and negative desires, and strategies for testing meaning and grammar analysis with Koromu speakers
dc.description.sponsorshipANU College of Arts & Social Sciences, School of Language Studies; ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, School of Culture, History and Language
dc.format34 pages
dc.publisherAustralian Linguistic Society
dc.relation.ispartofseriesConference of the Australian Linguistic Society 2011
dc.rightsCopyright remains with the author. Permission has been given to deposit this paper and make it publicly available - emails from editor of proceedings, dated 30/08/12 and 8/10/12
dc.sourceProceedings of the 42nd Australian Linguistic Society Conference 2011
dc.source.urihttp://langfest.anu.edu.au/index.php/als/als2011
dc.subjectpotential event modality
dc.subjectimperative
dc.subjectdesiderative
dc.subjectsemantic primes
dc.subjectexplications
dc.subjectgrammaticized ‘say/do’
dc.titleThe expression of potential event modality in the Papuan language of Koromu
dc.typeConference paper
local.description.notesThe conference proceedings can be found at http://hdl.handle.net/1885/9404. "The 2011 Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society was ... hosted jointly by the School of Language Studies and the School of Culture, History and Language. The Conference convenors were Jane Simpson and Nicholas Evans" - from Proceedings, Editorial Note
local.description.refereedYes
dc.date.issued2012-10
local.identifier.absfor200403 - Discourse and Pragmatics
local.identifier.ariespublicationu9803255xPUB540
local.publisher.urlhttp://www.als.asn.au
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationPriestley, Carol, Griffith University and Australian National University
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage388
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage421
local.identifier.absseo950202 - Languages and Literacy
dc.date.updated2015-12-10T07:57:35Z
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