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dc.contributor.advisorSong, Jae Jung
dc.contributor.authorFrampton, Joanna
dc.date.available2015-07-02T04:27:51Z
dc.date.copyright2015
dc.identifier.citationFrampton, J. (2015). Maisin: A grammatical description of an oceanic language in Papua New Guinea (Thesis, Master of Arts). University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/5761en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/5761
dc.description.abstractMaisin: a grammatical description of an Oceanic language in PNG is a descriptive study of the Maisin language, spoken in Collingwood Bay, on the north coast of Oro Province, Papua New Guinea, with particular treatment of those features that distinguish the language from other Austronesian languages within the Papuan Tip cluster. Some of the distinctive features of Maisin described here include its topic and focus marking system; its use of postpositional phrases (showing proto-Austronesian forms, but following Papuan categories); chaining of co-ordinate dependent clauses preceding an independent clause; marking of tense, mood and aspect by suffixes rather than by prefixes; the existence of a closed set of intransitive verbs which mark subject person and number by suffixation only; and a typically Papuan style marking of medial and final verbs. After providing an overview of the phonology and syntactic structure of the language, the thesis concludes by giving particular attention to the topic and focus marking system, and some tentative suggestions regarding the interaction of these markers within the information structure system of the language.
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dc.publisherUniversity of Otago
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dc.subjectMaisin
dc.subjectOceanic languages
dc.subjectAustronesian languages
dc.subjectPapua New Guinean languages
dc.titleMaisin: A grammatical description of an oceanic language in Papua New Guinea
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2015-07-02T03:39:07Z
dc.language.rfc3066en
thesis.degree.disciplineLinguistics
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Otago
thesis.degree.levelMasters
otago.openaccessOpen
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