preposition stranding

Frank Lichtenberk f.lichtenberk at AUCKLAND.AC.NZ
Wed Oct 28 00:30:11 UTC 1998

Toqabaqita, an Austronesian language spoken in the Solomon Islands,
has three types of preposition: verb-like, noun-like, and bare. The
verb-like prepositions derive historically from transitive verbs (but
the forms do not function as verbs today). The verb-like prepositions
must be left stranded when their complements are "moved." This is a
(historical) consequence of the fact that verbs (transitive or intransitive)
cannot be "moved," although direct objects can.
Frank Lichtenberk

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