Structures and their Functions in Usan

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Usan is a Papuan language. In this monograph on the grammatical structures of Usan and their function the author shows the unique features of this language: how speakers can exploit certain principles for communicative purposes, how the language reflects their physical environment. Uniqueness can only be shown in the context of communality with other languages. This monograph offers numerous occasions to observe similarities and differences between Usan and other language, those that can be called Papuan in particular.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 13]  1987.  xviii, 369 pp.
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Table of Contents
Preface
xi
Abbreviations and spelling conventions
xiii
Learning Usan
xv
Maps
xvi
1 The Usan people and their language
1
1.0 Introduction
1
1.1 The Usan as speech community
4
1.2 Theoretical principles
20
2 Phonology
25
2.1 The phonemes
25
2.2 Syllable and word structure
36
2.3 Stress
39
2.4 Intonation
41
3 Morphology
43
3.0 Introduction
43
3.1 Verbs
43
3.2 Nouns
48
3.3 Pronouns
52
3.4 Question words
58
3.5 Nominal modifiers
60
3.6 Adverbs
69
3.7 Deictics
76
3.8 Connectives
81
3.9. Affixation
86
4 Predication
120
4.1 Order of constituents
120
4.2 Classes of predicates
127
4.3 Verb serialization
143
4.4 Terms
150
4.5 Sentence types
170
5 Coordination and switch-reference
174
5.0 Introduction
174
5.1 Coordination of terms
176
5.2 Coordination of predicates
189
5.3 Switch-reference
198
6 Subordination
207
6.0 Introduction
207
6.1 Topic
208
6.2 Relative clause
216
6.3 Conditionals
235
6.4 Temporals and Peak information
244
6.5 Cause and reason
248
6.6 Purpose
254
6.7 Subordination compared with coordination
261
6.8 Beyond the sentence
266
7 Sentential modes
271
7.0 Introduction
271
7.1 Negation
271
7.2 Interrogation
290
7.3 Imperatives
303
7.4 Conclusion
309
8 Organization of information
310
8.0 Introduction
310
8.1 In conversation
311
8.2 In a ‘travelogue’
317
8.3 In an edited folktale
326
8.4 Conclusion
337
Appendix: Text material
338
The story about the moon
338
The story about the sky
354
References
360
Index of names
367
Index of languages
369
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