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Title: The Interface Between Syntax and Discourse in Korafe: A Papuan Language of Papua New Guinea
Written By: Cynthia J.M. Farr
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This volume presents an overview of the morphological and syntactic structures of Korafe, a Papuan language spoken in the Oro Province of Papua New Guinea. Its focus is on the structure and functions of three types of complex constructions in sentences and discourse: (1) serial verb constructions (SVCs), (2) switch reference constructions (SRCs), and (3) co-ranking constructions. Attention is also given to defining information units that segment SRCs and co-ranking structures, and to examining information packaging in discourse. Keywords: medial verb, final verb, serial verb constructions (SVCs), switch-reference constructions (SRCs), co-ranking constructions (CRSs), apparently anomalous switch-reference, thematic clause chain units (TCCUs or information blocks), speech formulas, chaining paragraphs, thematic paragraphs, scripts.

Publication Year: 1999
Publisher: Pacific Linguistics
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Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
Syntax
Subject Language(s): Korafe-Yegha
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ISBN: 0858834995
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Pages: 459pp
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