ERIC Number: ED093148
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Jul
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The Phonology and Syntax of Palauan Verb Affixes. Working Papers in Linguistics, Volume 4, Number 5.
Wilson, Helen Irene
Palauan is a relatively undescribed Austronesian language. This dissertation is an attempt to provide an account of the affixes which Palauan verbs can take, since there are complexities associated with almost every affix, with regard to both its phonological form and its syntactic and semantic function. In order to generalize about the verb forms, it is necessary to investigate the phonological system of the language in order to establish criteria for recognizing the same verb base in the environment of different verb bases. The underlying forms of the morphemes are discussed in chapter 2, and chapter 3 gives an outline of phonological rules mostly on the basis of evidence from the noun alternations, which are also needed for the analysis of the verbs. This is an essential preliminary for identifying the idiosyncratic phonological properties of several of the verb affixes. The affixes are discussed in chapters 4-7, grouped according to syntactic function. An attempt is made to integrate the description of the phonological processes with that of the syntactic function of the affixes, in order to achieve a consistent overall view of the phonological and syntactic phenomena relevant to Palauan verbs. (Author/LG)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Authoring Institution: Hawaii Univ., Honolulu. Dept. of Linguistics.