Subordination strategies in Ashéninka Perené (Arawak) from Central-Eastern Peru

Mihas, Elena (2013) Subordination strategies in Ashéninka Perené (Arawak) from Central-Eastern Peru. Italian Journal of Linguistics/Rivista di Linguistica, 25 (2). pp. 261-298.

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Abstract

Based on extensive fieldwork in Central-Eastern Peru, this paper surveys subordination in Ashéninka Perené, an Amazonian Arawak language. Analyzed within the functional-typological framework which treats subordination as a gradient phenomenon, Ashéninka Perené subordination essentially includes three types of subordinate clauses: (i)finite clauses, linked either asyndetically or by free-standing adverbial subordinators; (ii) finite clauses with a bound dependency marker (i.e., an affixed or cliticizing conjunction); and (iii) clauses which bear special verb marking on the orphosyntactically dependent verb. It is argued here that these subordinate clause types are associated with two major subordination strategies: juxtaposition and nominalization. Juxtaposition is attested with finite clauses, linked either asyndetically or by a (bound)adverbial subordinator which does not alter the structure of the subordinate predicate, whereas morphosyntactically dependent subordinate predicates are typically nominalized. Another common subordination strategy is serialization of verbs.

Item ID: 32581
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1120-2726
Keywords: subordination strategy; juxtaposition; nominalization; serialization; Ashéninka Perené; Arawak
Funders: National Science Foundation (NSF), Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (ELDP)
Projects and Grants: NSF DDIG # 0901196, ELDP SG 0002
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2014 00:31
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2004 Linguistics > 200408 Linguistic Structures (incl Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics) @ 100%
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