Structures and Their Functions in Usan: A Papuan Language of Papua New Guinea

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John Benjamins Publishing, 1987 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 368 pages
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Usan is a Papuan language. In this monograph on the grammatical structures of Usan and their function the author shows the unique features of this language: how speakers can exploit certain principles for communicative purposes, how the language reflects their physical environment. Uniqueness can only be shown in the context of communality with other languages. This monograph offers numerous occasions to observe similarities and differences between Usan and other language, those that can be called Papuan in particular.
 

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Contents

1 The Usan people and their language
1
2 Phonology
25
3 Morphology
43
4 Predication
120
5 Coordination and switchreference
174
6 Subordination
207
7 Sentential modes
271
8 The organization of information
310
Text material
338
REFERENCES
360
Index of names
367
Index of languages
369
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