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ERIC Number: ED335947
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 20
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Case Marking Strategies in Kope.
Clifton, John
Case marking strategies in Kope, a Papuan language of Papua New Guinea, are analyzed in light of previous claims that most Papuan languages have one strategy for marking core relations and another for marking peripheral relations. A brief grammatical overview illustrates how core and peripheral relations are marked in Kope, including nominal case marking and verb agreement affixation. Another section examines the marking of middle-ground relationships (beneficiary, recipient, addressee). Then the functions of the prefix "Vm-" that go beyond marking the presence of those middle-ground relationships are analyzed. It is concluded that the treatment of middle-ground relations does not fit neatly into the previously-postulated typology. The verbal prefix "Vm-" is seen as always indicating the presence of an additional core relation, potentially marking four semantic relations (with beneficiary, recipient, addressee, or undergoer) depending on the grammatical context. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Kope; Markedness; Papua New Guinea
Note: In: Work Papers of the 1990 Summer Institute of Linguistics, University of North Dakota Session, Volume 34, p1-19, 1990. For collected papers, see FL 019 451.