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Austronesian Circle 9/29

September 29 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Speaker: Christian Mortensen
Title: Voice in Long Semadoh Lun Bawang
Location: Moore 575

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Abstract: Lun Bawang (also called Lun Dayeh or Lundayeh) is an Austronesian language spoken principally in the highlands of Borneo, with several thousand speakers spread across Kalimantan, Sabah, Sarawak, and Brunei. Based on data collected on the dialect spoken in Long Semadoh, Sarawak, I make four claims: (1) The language’s three voices are morphologically and syntactically symmetrical. (2) Pivot selection is motivated by two principles: (a) There must be one and only one pivot per clause, and (b) as in other Austronesian languages of this type, only a pivot-marked constituent may be A’-extracted (“pivot-only constraint”). (3) In the absences of syntactic restrictions, pivot selection is motivated by discourse considerations, preliminarily explored here in terms of Kund Lambrecht’s typology of focus; the results demonstrate that the term “focus-marking” is wholly inappropriate for this type of system. (4) Among younger speakers, the language is transitioning to a morphologically asymmetrical type built on the AV form as the result of a recent reanalysis.

 

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Date:
September 29
Time:
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Department of Linguistics
Phone:
808-956-8602
Email:
linguist@hawaii.edu
Website:
http://linguist.hawaii.edu

Venue

MOORE 575
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