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Title:Distributives in Amele: A Role and Reference Grammar Analysis
Abstract:This paper examines distributives in Amele, a Papuan language spoken in Papua New Guinea. There are two types of distributives in Amele: lexical distributives, which are formed by reduplication of a lexical item or some part thereof, and inflectional distributives, which are marked by object agreement on the verb. Lexical distribution can apply to all lexical categories, including nouns, postpositions, and verbs, while inflectional distribution applies only to verbs. The inflectional distribution marked on verbs has already been identified in Role and Reference Grammar (RRG) as the “event quantification operator.” This paper discusses and evaluates the status of lexical distributives in RRG operator theory. It proposes that lexical distribution which does not apply to verbs should be categorised as a new phrasal operator called “referential quantification.” While event quantification in Amele has the values of singular (one), dual (both), and plural (all), referential quantification has the values only of singular (one) and plural (all).
Contributor (author):Roberts, John R.
Date (W3CDTF):2015
Description (URI):http://www.sil.org/resources/archives/60478
Extent:37 pages
Identifier (URI):http://www.sil.org/resources/archives/60478
Is Part Of:SIL Electronic Working Papers 2015-001
Language (ISO639):eng
Publisher:SIL International
Subject:Amele language
Role and Reference Grammar; operator theory; event quantification; referential quantification; Amele language; distributives; reciprocal action; reciprocal relationship
Subject (ISO639):aey
Type (DCMI):Text
Type (OLAC):language_description


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Citation: Roberts, John R. 2015. SIL Electronic Working Papers 2015-001.
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Country: Papua New Guinea
Area: Pacific

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