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ERIC Number: ED347817
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Pages: 31
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Word Order in Klamath.
Sundberg, Karen
The word order in Klamath, a Penutian language of southern Oregon, has been described as almost completely "free". The language is examined in terms of the effect of the relative topicality of arguments on their position preceding or following the verb. The database used for this study consisted of seven Klamath texts from Barker (1963): five traditional myths and two ethnographic and procedural texts, together comprising 761 usable clauses. Methods developed by Givon for the measurement of continuity, when applied to Klamath narrative texts, show that the position of NPs relative to the verb is not random, but determined by discourse-pragmatic factors. Contains 6 references. (LB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Klamath
Note: In: Kansas Working Papers in Linguistics, Volume 12; see FL 020 321.