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SIL Electronic Working Papers 1998-005
Transitivity and Galela pronominal reference
This paper explores the relationship between the system of pronominal reference and the transitivity of clauses in discourse in the Galela language of North Halmahera. I show that the deletion of a pronominal verb prefix correlates with decreased clause transitivity, and thus with greater backgroundedness. Furthermore, I suggest that at very low levels of transitivity, possessive pronouns partially merge with pronominal verb prefixes. Finally, I show that the addition of a pronominal verb prefix is the best indicator of increased clause transitivity, and thus of greater foregroundedness.
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|Keywords||discourse; linguistics; morphology; pronouns; syntax; transitivity; Transitivity; Discourse analysis|