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SIL Electronic Working Papers 1998-005

Transitivity and Galela pronominal reference

Author  Shelden, Howard
Abstract 

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.

  Transitivity and Galela pronominal reference
Published  1998
Language  Galela [gbi]
Country  Indonesia
Subjects  Discourse analysis
Transitivity
Keywords  discourse; linguistics; morphology; pronouns; syntax; transitivity; Transitivity; Discourse analysis