Demonstratives and non-embedded nominalisations in three Papuan languages of the Timor-Alor-Pantar family

Antoinette Schapper*, Lila San Roque

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Abstract

This paper explores the use of demonstratives in non-embedded clausal nominalisations. We present data and analysis from three Papuan languages of the Timor-Alor-Pantar family in south-east Indonesia. In these languages, demonstratives can apply to the clausal as well as to the nominal domain, contributing contrastive semantic content in assertive stance-taking and attention-directing utterances. In the Timor-Alor-Pantar constructions, meanings that are to do with spatial and discourse locations at the participant level apply to spatial, temporal and mental locations at the state or event level.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)380-408
Number of pages29
JournalStudies in Language
Volume35
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Sep 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Demonstratives
  • Non-embedded nominalisations
  • Papuan languages
  • Timor-Alor-Pantar languages

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