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Title: A grammar of Makalero
Subtitle: A Papuan language of East Timor
Written By: Juliette Huber
Series Title: LOT dissertation series

This work is the first comprehensive description of Makalero, a language
spoken by approximately 6,500 speakers in the Iliomar subdistrict, in
the south-east of the Republic of East Timor. While previous sources
considered it to be a dialect of the larger language Makasae, the present
study, which is based on primary data gathered by the author during
fieldwork in East Timor, notes sufficient grammatical differences from
the latter to warrant the treatment of Makalero as a separate language.
Together with four other languages of Timor, Makalero has been classified
as belonging to the Trans-New Guinea family, making it one of the
westernmost Papuan languages. While it retains scattered derivational
and inflectional processes, it is largely isolating in structure. Underlying
the organisation of discourse at a very basic level is the rigid structure
of the Makalero clause, which allows for the expression of two verbal
arguments at most. A characteristic feature of this clause structure is the
presence of two distinct, mutually exclusive argument positions within the
verb phrase, the first of which is reserved for undergoers, while the second
may express either undergoers, or location and manner information.
The description brought forward in this dissertation is not couched in a
particular theoretical framework, although insights from several linguistic
theories are adduced to support the analysis; it is thus accessible to scholars
from differing backgrounds. With its coverage of Makalero structure from the
phonology through word classes and morphology to basic syntax and some
issues on the discourse level, this book is of particular interest to scholars of
both Papuan and Austronesian languages as well as linguistic typology. The
appendices provide transcripts of several Makalero texts as well as a
Makalero-English and an English-Makalero word list.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke (LOT)
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Language Documentation
Subject Language(s): Makasae
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9789460930607