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A grammar of Komnzo / Christian Döhler
Bib ID 8060962
Format BookBook [text, volume]
Author
Döhler, Christian, author
 
Description Berlin : Language Science Press, 2018 
©2018 
xi, 446 pages : some illustrations, maps ; 25 cm 
ISBN 9783961101269 (hardbound)
3961101264
Invalid ISBN 9783961101252 (digital)
Series

Studies in diversity linguistics ; 22 2363-5568

Summary

Komnzo is a Papuan language of Southern New Guinea spoken by around 250 people in the village of Rouku. Komnzo belongs to the Tonda subgroup of the Yam language family, which is also known as the Morehead Upper-Maro group. This grammar provides the first comprehensive description of a Yam language. It is based on 16 months of fieldwork. The primary source of data is a text corpus of around 12 hours recorded and transcribed between 2010 and 2015. Komnzo provides many fields of future research, but the most interesting aspect of its structure lies in the verb morphology, to which the two largest chapters of the grammar are dedicated. Komnzo verbs may index up to two arguments showing agreement in person, number and gender. Verbs encode 18 TAM categories, valency, directionality and deictic status. Morphological complexity lies not only in the amount of categories that verbs may express, but also in the way these are encoded.

Notes

Revised thesis (Ph.D.)--Australian National University Canberra, 2016.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 427-435) and indexes.

Subjects Papuan languages.  |  Papua New Guinea -- Languages -- Grammar.

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