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A Grammar of Balantak: A Language of Eastern Sulawesi

Authors  Berg, RenĂ© van den
Busenitz, Robert L.
Abstract 

This is the first comprehensive grammar of Balantak, an Austronesian language spoken in Eastern Sulawesi, based on years of interaction with the language. Balantak is a conservative Celebic language which has several interesting features, including rich morphophonemics (the 2nd person possessive suffix -Vm, for instance, has 20 allomorphs), a three-way voice system (agent, patient, and locative voice), a tripartite verbal opposition between realis, irrealis, and gerunds, an intriguing article, and a very rich demonstrative system with seven roots and some 250 derived forms.

The description takes a structural and theory-neutral approach towards the language, letting the patterns of Balantak inform the analysis and description. Questions of language typology only play a minor role, although the study tries to be typologically informed and relevant. Six interlinearized texts, supplemented with some frequency patterns, complete the description.

  View A Grammar of Balantak: A Language of Eastern Sulawesi 14992 KB, 326 pages
Published  2012
Language  Balantak [blz]
Country  Indonesia
Subjects  Grammatical descriptions
Linguistics
Keywords  morphophonemics; reduplication; spatial deixis