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Query Details

Query Subject:   Malagasy TT and CT Voice Morphology
Author:   Takashi Nakajima
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Historical Linguistics

Query:   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.
LL Issue: 23.2113
Date posted: 02-May-2012


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