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Dissertation Information

Title: Towards a Grammar of Takivatan Bunun: Selected topics Add Dissertation
Author: Rik De Busser Update Dissertation
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Institution: La Trobe University, Centre for Research on Language Diversity
Completed in: 2009
Linguistic Subfield(s): Language Documentation; Morphology; Anthropological Linguistics;
Subject Language(s): Bunun
Language Family(ies): Austronesian
Director(s): Randy LaPolla
Frantisek Kratochvil
K. Alexander Adelaar

Abstract: The Bunun language is spoken by one of the thirteen officially recognized
Austronesian minority groups on the island of Taiwan. Its most marked
characteristics are its complex verbal morphology and its unusual argument
alignment system. Takivatan Bunun is the third-largest of its five extant
dialects and is spoken by a number of small settlements two counties in the
central mountains and at the east coast of the island.

Based on more than one year of field work data, this dissertation explores
aspects of the grammar of Takivatan as spoken by the people of the villages
Ma-yuan and Qi-mei in Hualien County. It is intended as a preliminary to a
full descriptive grammar. After an introductory chapter and an overview of
Takivatan phonology, Chapter 3 discusses how words and affixes can be
defined in Takivatan and gives a general overview of word building
processes. Chapter 4 is a concise treatment of compounding, an uncommon and
unproblematic process in Takivatan. Chapter 5 discusses TAM affixes.
Chapter 6 concisely describes the grammatical and derivational uses of
focus suffixes. Chapter 7 is an elaborate discussion and classification of
the large set of verbal prefixes in Takivatan. The final chapter concludes
with an overview of definiteness markers, personal pronouns, demonstratives
and other pronominal forms.