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LINGUIST List 18.1236

Mon Apr 23 2007

Qs: Marker for Direct Objects; Contour-Tone-Only Languages?

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        1.    Giorgio Iemmolo, Marker for Direct Objects
        2.    Jennifer Alexander, Contour-Tone-Only Languages?

Message 1: Marker for Direct Objects
Date: 20-Apr-2007
From: Giorgio Iemmolo <giorgio.iemmologmail.com>
Subject: Marker for Direct Objects

Dear linguists,

I am working on differential object marking in Gallo-siculo dialects of
Sicily, that are nothern italian dialects spoken in central-eastern Sicily.
In all Romance languages, except Rumanian that use ''pe'', the marker for
definite objects is the preposition ''a'' (with the meaning of ''motion to,
recipient'') likewise in Sicilian. But, in Gallosiculo dialects I found
the prepositions ''da'', used in Italian with the meaning of ''motion
from'' or express passive agent.

Does anyone know a language that has grammaticalized a preposition with
similar meanings to mark direct object? I found only an example, in Shughnu
(spoken in Tagikistan), where the marker arises from an originary ablative

I will appreciate any hint

Giorgio Iemmolo

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

Message 2: Contour-Tone-Only Languages?
Date: 20-Apr-2007
From: Jennifer Alexander <jenalexnorthwestern.edu>
Subject: Contour-Tone-Only Languages?


Does anyone know of any tone languages that only use contour tones (no
level tones)? I've been searching around but have come up with nothing.

Jen Alexander

Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics

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