The loss of clusivity and the rise of gender in West Oceanic pronominals

van den Berg, Rene (2015) The loss of clusivity and the rise of gender in West Oceanic pronominals. Language & Linguistics in Melanesia, 33 (1). pp. 10-47.

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While a distinction between first person inclusive and exclusive among pronouns is widespread in Oceanic languages, gender is only rarely encountered in pronominal systems. This article takes a look at 120 languages in the western part of the large Oceanic family and examines in some detail languages where clusivity is missing (partially or completely), as well as languages where pronominal gender has developed. By looking at both the locus of these features within the pronominal system and the mechanisms of language change which account for these developments, this paper attempts to contribute to the synchronic and diachronic typology of pronominal systems.

Item ID: 38332
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0023-1959
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2015 07:00
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2004 Linguistics > 200408 Linguistic Structures (incl Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics) @ 100%
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