ERIC Number: ED335921
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
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Transitivity Indicators "-Yu" and "-Wi" in Hualapai.
The distribution of Hualapai auxiliary verbs "-yu" and "-wi" can not be explained only by the presence or absence of an object, or by the active or stative feature of the matrix verb. It can be explained in terms of transitivity, in that "-wi" corresponds to high transitivity and "-yu" to low transitivity of the clause. Several grammatical processes (causative, applicative, and passive) interact with the transitivity of the clause, which correlates with auxiliary alternation. The speaker's attitude with regard to the nature of the event also affects the evaluation of transitivity in Hualapai. This suggests that the degree of transitivity is determined subjectively by the speaker. Among the transitivity parameters, the existence of second and affected participants and the activity indicated by the clause seem to be crucial components for deciding the degree of transitivity. More detailed observation about the precise nature of each grammatical process involved would be revealing. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers: Hualapai; Transitivity
Note: In: Kansas Working Papers in Linguistics, 1991, v16; see FL 019 402.