By Claudia Wegener

This is the 1st finished description of Savosavo, a non-Austronesian (Papuan) language spoken via nearly 2,500 audio system on Savo Island, Solomon Islands. according to basic box info recorded by way of the writer, it offers an summary of all degrees of grammar. moreover, a whole bankruptcy is devoted to nominalization of verbs by way of one specific suffix, which take place in a few structures starting from lexical to syntactic nominalization. The appendix offers glossed instance texts and a listing of lexemes.

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O’ → qa"sili Again it is impossible to predict if the stress pattern of a verb stem changes or not. 4. Stress changes "ale ‘to enter’ "ghagha ‘to pull off’ "koto ‘to move’ "mama ‘to be sour’ "pia ‘to move up’ "putu ‘to pass’ "qasi ‘to close’ "qozi ‘to fart’ "rara ‘to crawl’ "siko ‘to steer’ Morphophonology In this section I will discuss morphophonemic processes that add, remove, or change material. The first part deals with processes connected to affixation and addition of enclitics, and the last part with those connected to reduplication.

1. 35 Basic clausal pitch contours The intonation contour found with a short independent declarative clause, whether verbal or non-verbal, exhibits a clause-final fall over the last few syllables. There is (at least) one pitch peak before the intonation drops. This peak is usually located on the end of a constituent, including any enclitic morphemes following it. It can be more or less pronounced. It does not matter whether the subject is expressed by a full NP, by an enclitic pronoun, or whether indeed the clause only contains a verb complex with an enclitic pronoun.

T RANSITIVE verb stems always occur with object marking (unless detransitivized), INTRANSITIVE verb stems cannot take object marking (unless transitivized), and AMBITRANSITIVE verb stems can occur either with or without object marking. 4 % (144) are ambitransitive. 19 In contrast, an intransitive verb cannot take such an unmarked object NP, but participants other than the subject can be encoded in case-marked NPs and postpositional phrases (cf. Ch. 7). 17. 1. 18. e. that it can occur with or without the object marking suffix.

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