By Mark Campana (auth.), Ileana Paul, Vivianne Phillips, Lisa Travis (eds.)

ISBN-10: 9048153573

ISBN-13: 9789048153572

ISBN-10: 9401715807

ISBN-13: 9789401715805

Austronesian languages have lengthy raised fascinating questions for generative theories of syntax and morphology. The papers during this quantity surround a few of these conventional questions and position them in more moderen theoretical contexts. many of the papers additionally handle new matters which upload to our figuring out of individuals of this language family members on one aspect and the character of linguistic theories at the different. There are 3 huge concerns that re-occur during the quantity - the function and research of verbal morphology, the character of the topic or the subject in those languages, and the interplay of syntax and specificity. The papers during this quantity convey that as formal theories develop into extra targeted, a much wider variety of language information could be captured, and because the stock of language information grows, the accuracy of formal linguistic theories improves.

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G. if H is a Prep then the category of nbond(H,a) is PP. The precise form of nbond(H,a) depends on whether H is ''weak'' (= ends in -na, -lea, -tra, stressed on the antepenult) or not Weak endings are dropped or modified according to whether NPgen is a pronoun, an augmented pronoun, a coordinate NP, or a full NP beginning with a vowel, the proper noun articles Ra- or i-, or the definite article ny. If H is not weak, a segment -n- is inserted between it and a non-pronominal NPgen. b), (7b), (1b,c).

Nalural Language and Linguistic Theory 10; 375-414. Keenan, Edward L. 1995. Predicate-argument structure in Malagasy. To appear in Grammatical Relations: Theoretical Approaches to Empirical Questions, eds. Clifford S. Burgess, Katarzyna Dziwirek, and Donna Gerdts. ; CSl1 Publications. Keenan, Edward L. and Leonard M. Faltz. 1985. Boolean Semantics for Natural Language. Dordrecht: D. Reidel. Keenan, Edward L and cecile Manorohanta. in prep. A quantitative study of voice in Malagasy. ms. UCLA, Los Angeles, CA.

Semantically this entry is interpreted as a binary relation (= a two participant event), noted VIDyl. We shall think of the active marker i- (one of many) as introduced by a function 1which takes certain roots as arguments yielding transitive verbs as values. So 1(vidy) = ividy is of category Transitive Verb interpreted as a binary relation satisfying certain conditions. In more detail, ividy combines ftrst with an accusative NP (= DP) to form an expression (which we theory neutrally call 'Predicate Phrase') which combines with a nominative NP to form an S.

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