Article published in:Creoles, their Substrates, and Language Typology
Edited by Claire Lefebvre
[Typological Studies in Language 95] 2011
► pp. 413–435
Papuan Malay of New Guinea
Melanesian influence on verb and clause structure
Of the Malay varieties of Southeast Asia, Papuan Malay is the most removed both geographically and linguistically from the “homeland” of Malay. While showing no more lexical differences than other Malay varieties, it represents an extreme divergence from the morphosyntax of the better-described varieties to the west. Verbs, and their place in clause structure, represent the area where this is most apparent, almost certainly representing influence from the Melanesian languages that were the native languages of the first speakers of an early variety of Papuan Malay.
Keywords: clause combining, lexical semantics, Malay, serial verbs
Published online: 17 February 2011
Cited by 1 other publications
Moro, Francesca R
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