Definiteness and specificity in Mavea

Guerin, Valerie (2007) Definiteness and specificity in Mavea. Oceanic Linguistics, 46 (2). pp. 538-553.

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Specificity and definiteness are universal semantic categories, but not all languages express these categories morphologically. In this paper, I present data from Mavea, a language spoken in northern Vanuatu, which show morphological expressions of these two semantic categories. I argue that in Mavea, the article le deontes specificity, aite encodes indefiniteness, te ... aite refers to indefinite nonspecific expressions, while the lack of an article expresses definiteness.

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Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
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