23.447, Books: Language Documentation: Dalrymple, Mofu

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Date: 27-Jan-2012
From: Ulrich Lueders [lincom.europa at t-online.de]
Subject: Dusner: Dalrymple, Mofu


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Date: Sun, 29 Jan 2012 17:23:49
From: Ulrich Lueders [lincom.europa at t-online.de]
Subject: Dusner: Dalrymple, Mofu

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Title: Dusner 
Series Title: Languages of the World/Materials 487  

Publication Year: 2012 
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
	   http://www.lincom.eu
	

Book URL: http://lincom-shop.eu 


Author: Mary Dalrymple
Author: Suriel Mofu

Paperback: ISBN:  9783862882786 Pages: 64 Price: Europe EURO 43.80


Abstract:

Dusner is an Austronesian language with three remaining fluent speakers. It 
was formerly spoken in Dusner, a village of about 600 people on the western 
shore of Wandamen Bay, an inlet of Cenderawasih Bay in West Papua, 
Indonesia. Only one of the three speakers still lives in Dusner. 

Dusner is a fairly rigidly SVO language. Verbs do not show distinctions in 
tense, aspect, mood, or voice, but there is a rich subject agreement paradigm 
with an inclusive/exclusive distinction in the first person and a three-way 
number distinction (singular, dual, plural). Subject pro-drop is common. 
Alongside a default third-person plural form, there is a separate form for 
agreement with nonhumans in the third person, as well as a third person 
plural pronoun whose reference is restricted to nonhumans. This violates 
Greenberg's universal 45, which states that if a language has gender 
distinctions in the plural, it always has some gender distinctions in the 
singular as well. Nouns are invariant except for a small class of inalienably 
possessed stems which must appear with possessive suffixes. In 
periphrastic possessive constructions, a pronominal possessor follows the 
head noun and shows agreement with both the head noun and the possessor. 
There are very few adjectives, and only a small class of prepositions, though 
there is a rich inventory of adverbial locative expressions. The number 
system is quintenary. 

Contents

Abbreviations 

Background 

1 Phonology 

2 Morphology 

2.1 Verbs 
2.2 Nouns 
2.3 Determiners and demonstratives 
2.4 Personal pronouns 
2.5 Possessive pronouns 
2.6 Adjectives 
2.7 Verbalising prefix ve- 
2.8 Prepositions and locative expressions 
2.9 Numerals 
2.10 Interjections and discourse particles 

3 Syntax 

3.1 Noun phrases 
3.2 Possessive phrases 
3.3 Prepositional phrases 
3.4 Locative and directional expressions 
3.5 Core clause structure 
3.6 Nonverbal predication 
3.7 Negation 
3.8 Imperatives 
3.9 Coordination 
3.10 Subordinate complement clauses 
3.11 Subordinate adjunct clauses 
3.12 Relative clauses 
3.13 Emphatic construction 
3.14 Interrogatives 
3.14.1 Polar questions 
3.14.2 Constituent questions 
3.15 Comparatives 

4 Text 



Linguistic Field(s): Austronesian Languages
                     Language Documentation

Subject Language(s): Dusner (dsn)


Written In: English  (eng)
	
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