Marquesan: A Grammar of Space

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Walter de Gruyter, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 682 pages
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Marquesan, an endangered Polynesian language, is remarkable because its speakers use a spatial orientation system based on local landmarks in the environment to describe spatial relations even in micro-level space. This volume is an in-depth empirical analysis of the verbal forms and means of spatial reference and the conception of space in this language.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Motivations for a study of space
1
Chapter 2 Ethnographic and linguistic background and methodology
14
Chapter 3 Grammatical Sketch
54
Chapter 4 Theoretical background of language and space research
211
Chapter 5 Semantic and morphosyntactic analysis of locative constructions in North Marquesan
280
Chapter 6 Modifiers in locative constructions
426
Chapter 7 Usage of locative constructions in largescale and smallscale reference
489
Chapter 8 Summary and conclusion
575
Appendix
598
Notes
617
References
652
Index
671
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Gabriele H. Cablitz, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

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