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Title:Semantics of Sa'a transitive suffixes and thematic consonants
Abstract:In the Sa'a language of the Solomon Islands, the transitive form of some verbs is made by adding only an object clitic. Other verbs add a transitive suffix of the form -(C)i before the object clitic. Some verbs form a second intransitive by adding -(C)a'i and a second transitive with -(C)a'ini plus object clitic. Most verbs may also be nominalized by adding -(C)a. These patterns of affixation are shared by many Oceanic languages. In each of these forms the -C is chosen from a limited set, known in the literature as the thematic consonants. Most Oceanic analysts consider the consonants to be lexically determined and meaningless, although a few identify semantic groups of verbs which tend to share a consonant. This thesis presents several semantic features, instigation, affectedness, intentionality, durativity, telicity, and result, which interact to control the choice of consonant and suffix for Sa'a verbs and deverbal nouns.
Contributor (author):Ashley, Karen C.
Date (W3CDTF):2012
Description (URI):http://www.sil.org/resources/archives/54423
Extent:274 pages
Identifier (URI):http://www.gial.edu/academics/student-theses
Language (ISO639):eng
Spatial Coverage (ISO3166):PM
Subject:Sa'a language
thematic consonants; transitivity; morphology; Oceanic language; instigation; affectedness; intentionality; durativity; telicity; result
Subject (ISO639):apb
Type (DCMI):Text
Type (OLAC):language_description


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Citation: Ashley, Karen C. 2012. SIL Language and Culture Archives.
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Country: Solomon Islands
Area: Pacific

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