Proto-Oceanic for 'again' or 'also'?

Malcolm Ross Malcolm.ross at ANU.EDU.AU
Wed Mar 23 12:48:30 UTC 2011


Dear Claudia,

There are all sorts of terms for 'again' in Western Oceanic, but the one that it reflected frequently is POc *mule, a verb meaning 'return, repeat'. I assume it was used in serial verb constructions in POc and has been grammaticised in various daughter-languages.

I can't help you with SE Solomonic: 'again' doesn't appear in Tryon and Hackman, and I haven't collected SE Solomonic data myself. Maybe someone else on the list has.

All the best,

- Malcolm


On 23/03/2011, at 9:07 PM, C Wegener wrote:

> Dear all, 
> 
> I've been trying to find out if there is any reconstruction for Proto-Oceanic (or maybe Proto-Southeast-Solomonic) for a form meaning 'again' or 'also', but so far haven't been successful. 
>  
> The reason why I am interested in this is that there are two lexemes with this meaning found in Gela and Bughotu (both Southeast Solomonic, spoken in the central Solomon Islands), ghua (following a verb or a noun/NP) and ghoi (positioned between a subject/TAM marker at the beginning of a verb complex and a verb). Is any evidence for either of these to be 'proper' Oceanic?
> 
> I'd be grateful for any information or references!
> 
> Thanks in advance,
> Claudia Wegener
> 
> 
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