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Title:'Realis' and 'irrealis' in Wogeo: A valid category?
Bibliographic Citation:Exter, Mats; 2012-12-20; Kaipuleohone University of Hawai'i Digital Language Archive;http://hdl.handle.net/10125/4564.
Creator:Exter, Mats
Date (W3CDTF):2012-12-20
Description:Finite verb forms in Wogeo, an Austronesian language of New Guinea, are obligatorily marked with a portmanteau prefix denoting person and number of the subject on the one hand, and a grammatical category that is conventionally glossed in the literature as realis–irrealis, on the other. In similar languages, the latter category is usually described as modal, with a certain range of meanings which is, in many cases, only vaguely defined. A more in-depth investigation of the verbal system of Wogeo and the functional distribution of the respective categories shows, however, that the language is quite different from a postulated prototypical realis–irrealis language. Central attributes of the supposed realis–irrealis semantics are not realized by the obligatory prefixes but by other morphosyntactic means, while the prefixes are restricted to only a small part of the assumed realis–irrealis domain.
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Identifier (URI):http://hdl.handle.net/10125/4564
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press
Relation:LD&C Special Publication
Rights:Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States
Table Of Contents:exter.pdf
Type:Book Chapter
Type (DCMI):Text


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