[Fwd: question for Austronesian list]

Wayan Arka wayan.arka at ANU.EDU.AU
Thu Dec 10 21:58:35 UTC 2009

Dear All,

This is posted on behalf of Annemarie <annemarie.verkerk at mpi.nl>.



Dear all,

we (myself and Benedicte Frostad from Radboud University Nijmegen, the
Netherlands) are justing starting on a project concerning the following
phenomenon. The prefix which is used for causatives, fa- or va-,
reflexes of Proto-Austronesian *paka-, is, in some Oceanic languages,
also used in serial verb constructions to derive manner predications,
i.e. adverb-like things, as in this example from Hoava:

Tanini va-hevá.
hold CAUS-strong.TR:3SG
'Hold it strongly.' Davis (2003: 77)

or resultative verbs:

Ego, naní sa, nani va-paho-e.
well eat.TR.3PL PRO:3SG eat CAUS-empty-TR.3PL
'Well, he ate them, ate and emptied them.' Davis (2003: 161)

So far, our findings indicate that some Oceanic languages pattern like
this, while others do not use the causative marker in this way. Since
this seems to be an interesting topic to pursue, we were wondering
whether there has been any prior research into this. Since we haven't
been able to find any, we would be very grateful if you could inform us
of any publications or research concerning this topic.

with kind regards,
Annemarie Verkerk
a.verkerk at mpi.nl
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, the Netherlands


Annemarie Verkerk, MA
Evolutionary Processes in Language and Culture (PhD student)
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
P.O. Box 310, 6500AH Nijmegen, The Netherlands
+31 (0)24 3521 185

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