Transitivity in Longgu: the interdependence of verb classes and valency-changing derivations

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    Abstract

    Longgu (Southeast Solomonic) provides an example of the complexity of transitivity in Oceanic languages. This paper outlines the challenges of describing the relationship between morphology and valency-changing devices, and the role that valency-changing devices have in determining the primary valency of a verb in the language. It argues for the need to treat transitivity as an integrated whole, and shows that while subclasses of verbs can be established without regard to morphology, a much fuller understanding is gained through investigating the functions of the verbal morphology. These functions are linked to the semantic transitivity of the clause as well as to valency-changing
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)458-482
    Number of pages25
    JournalOceanic Linguistics
    Volume50
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

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