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LINGUIST List 23.2113

Wed May 02 2012

Qs: Malagasy TT and CT Voice Morphology

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Date: 30-Apr-2012
From: Takashi Nakajima <agner1me.com>
Subject: Malagasy TT and CT Voice Morphology
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I would like to know whether -Vna, the Theme Trigger (TT) and -(C)ana, the
Circumstantial Trigger (CT) in Malagasy voice morphology are in any way
related to pronouns in the language. I wonder about this because the
pronominal paradigm of the language seems to contain (some parts of) the -
Vna/-(C)ana forms.

Person NOM ACC
1sg. aho ahy
2sg. inaao anao
3sg/pl izy azy
1pl., incl isika antsika
1pl., excl izahay anay
2pl ianareo anareo (Keenan & Polinsky 1998: 557)

The literature I have consulted with does not identify what the TT and CT
morphemes are, but I believe it could be crucial in accounting for Malagasy
VOS order. Probably my suspicion is completely off the mark, but I have no
native speakers of Malagasy around, and my knowledge of the language is
extremely limited. I need your expertise on this matter. Any hints or
suggestions are deeply appreciated.

Thank you very much.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

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