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A Grammar of Savosavo by Claudia Wegener PDF

By Claudia Wegener

This is the 1st finished description of Savosavo, a non-Austronesian (Papuan) language spoken through nearly 2,500 audio system on Savo Island, Solomon Islands. in keeping with basic box info recorded by way of the writer, it presents an outline of all degrees of grammar. additionally, an entire bankruptcy is devoted to nominalization of verbs through one specific suffix, which take place in a few buildings starting from lexical to syntactic nominalization. The appendix presents glossed instance texts and a listing of lexemes.

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When it is attached to a verb stem ending in /i/, including all verb forms containing an object suffix (object suffixes all end in /i/, see Sec. O’ +i → soduli 9. This enclitic is used to emphasize a constituent and is found on both topical and focal constituents (see Sec. 1) 10. When material is omitted because of morphophonemic processes anywhere in examples given in this grammar it will be provided in parentheses. IRR’ would be given as suasua-(a)le ‘spitIRR’. 30 Chapter 2. Phonology So the general rule for identical vowel sequences resulting from the attachment of suffixes or enclitics is that they merge into one vowel.

1, p. 48; 9, p. 2, p. 1, p. 1, p. 1, pp. 2, p. 1, pp. 1, p. 169 Table 10. Overview of the inflectional enclitics and suffixes. g. 2, p. 2, p. 1, p. 4, p. 140 genitive case pers. 3, p. 1, p. 1, p. 1, p. 2, p. 3, p. 176 46 Chapter 3. PL’ -le ‘APPR’ -ale ‘IRR’ -a ‘SS’ Function present imperfective past imperfective background imperf. 4, p. 4, p. 5, p. 1, p. 2, p. 3, p. 4, p. 181 Prefixes The only prefixes found in Savosavo are inflectional. Some verbs mark agreement with the object by means of prefixation, either exclusively or in combination with the object suffixes mentioned in Table 10.

The enclitic =e ‘EMPH’ can attach to a number of (non-verbal) words or phrases (see Sec. 1). Again, if the host ends in /e/, the two vowels merge. This is normally not the case with words ending in another vowel (but see p. ’ +e → kukuae Several finite verb forms are marked by -i ‘FIN’ (see Sec. 1). When it is attached to a verb stem ending in /i/, including all verb forms containing an object suffix (object suffixes all end in /i/, see Sec. O’ +i → soduli 9. This enclitic is used to emphasize a constituent and is found on both topical and focal constituents (see Sec.

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