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Message 1: Contraintes de structures et liberté dans l'organisation du discours. Une description du mwotlap, langue océanienne du Vanuatu
Date: 29-Jun-2005
From: Alexandre Francois <francoisvjf.cnrs.fr>
Subject: Contraintes de structures et liberté dans l'organisation du discours. Une description du mwotlap, langue océanienne du Vanuatu


Institution: University of Paris 4, Sorbonne
Program: Phonetics and Linguistics
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2001

Author: Alexandre Francois

Dissertation Title: Contraintes de structures et liberté dans l'organisation du discours. Une description du mwotlap, langue océanienne du Vanuatu [Structural constraints and freedom in speech elaboration: A description of Mwotlap, an Oceanic language of Vanuatu]

Dissertation URL: http://alex.francois.free.fr/data/AlexFrancois_These_DescriptionMwotlap.pdf

Linguistic Field(s): Language Description

Subject Language(s): Motlav (MLV)

Dissertation Director:
Alain Lemaréchal
Jean-Claude Rivierre
Stephane Robert
Darrell Tryon

Dissertation Abstract:

Mwotlap (Motlav), an unwritten Austronesian language belonging to the
Oceanic subgroup, is spoken by about 1800 people living in northern Vanuatu
- Melanesia, South Pacific. Throughout this general description of its
grammar, several issues are addressed, all of which are topics relevant to
current functional and typological linguistics: phonology and morpho-logy;
syntactic categories; reference tracking, spatial deixis, possession and
quantifiers; verb serialisation and valency; aspect and mood categories;
discourse prag-ma-tics and speech acts. Each grammatical structure is not
only described synchronically, but also situated along diachronic paths of
evolution. This is how multiple grammaticalisation patterns, as well as
complex processes of syntactic and semantic change, gradually come to
light. Due to the pressure of numerous cognitive and structural constraints
acting on the speaker's mind, the power of linguistic innovation may even
give rise to spectacular upheavals.





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