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By Claudia Wegener

This is the 1st finished description of Savosavo, a non-Austronesian (Papuan) language spoken through nearly 2,500 audio system on Savo Island, Solomon Islands. in response to fundamental box information recorded through the writer, it offers an summary of all degrees of grammar. additionally, a whole bankruptcy is devoted to nominalization of verbs by way of one specific suffix, which happen in a couple of structures starting from lexical to syntactic nominalization. The appendix presents glossed instance texts and an inventory of lexemes.

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It gives an overview of the grammatical areas where these four morphological processes play a role, as well as references to those parts of the grammar where more information can be found on each function. 1. Terminology The definitions given in the following sections summarize the features associated with a prototypical representative of the respective category in Savosavo, mostly based on Haspelmath (2002) and in some cases additional literature cited below. However, not all elements classified as belonging to one of the categories will necessarily exhibit all of these features.

1, pp. 1, p. 169 Table 10. Overview of the inflectional enclitics and suffixes. g. 2, p. 2, p. 1, p. 4, p. 140 genitive case pers. 3, p. 1, p. 1, p. 1, p. 2, p. 3, p. 176 46 Chapter 3. PL’ -le ‘APPR’ -ale ‘IRR’ -a ‘SS’ Function present imperfective past imperfective background imperf. 4, p. 4, p. 5, p. 1, p. 2, p. 3, p. 4, p. 181 Prefixes The only prefixes found in Savosavo are inflectional. Some verbs mark agreement with the object by means of prefixation, either exclusively or in combination with the object suffixes mentioned in Table 10.

160 001 srb) Eo; kao ghoghoana=la=gho bo-i. 288 Time (s) Figure 7. The pitch contour of a polar question (10) 38 Chapter 2. 248 Time (s) Figure 8. The pitch contour of the answer (11) to the polar question in (10) If the question offers alternatives, as in example (12), there is a peak on at least the first of the alternatives, see Figure 9. (12) Ighia=gha bo aghava misu=gha lame=gha=e me=na. ’, lit. 801 Time (s) Figure 9. Pitch contour of a question offering two alternatives (12) The intonation contour of content questions is also often almost identical to that of a declarative clause.

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