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Documentation and Morphosyntactic Analysis of Bebeli, an Austronesian Language of Papua New Guinea
Hiroko Sato, University of Hawaii

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An unusual marital distinction marker in Akolet (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: An unusual marital distinction marker in Akolet
Abstract: Akolet (Austronesian, Papua New Guinea) has personal pronouns and noun markers that distinguish gender and marital status, e.g., ‘unmarried 3sg masculine’ versus ‘married 3sg masculine’. While singular pronouns mark both gender and marital status, plural pronouns mark gender only for married people. Given that the choice of pronouns and noun markers depends on social status and societal role, these pronouns and noun markers denote how a person contributes to the life of a community, rather than simply indicating marital status. This analysis suggests that some aspects of linguistic structure cannot be understood outside the cultural context of language use.
Author: Hiroko Sato
Date: 11/29/2016
Location: University of Hawaii at Manoa
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Primary URL Description: This is a weekly seminar series held by the linguistic department at University of Hawaii.