NI Gunwinggu

NI Gunwinggu - Mithun Noun incorporation The compounding of...

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Mithun Noun incorporation The compounding of a noun stem and a verb stem to form a new verb. NOUN + VERB VERB or VERB + NOUN VERB Gunwinggu Non-Pama-Nyungan language of Australia Oates 1964 1. Function I: Creating new vocabulary (1) Creation of a single word to represent a single concept bo:-re bo:-ngu water-go water-eat ‘to flow’ ‘to drink’ The incorporated noun can serve any semantic role. It simply narrows the scope of meaning of the verb. Incorporated nouns are often semantic patients, instruments, or locations. They do not carry inflectional morphology like plural, case, or definiteness. (2) Idiomaticity bolg-wi:dna wog-benmigda place-hate word-forget ‘to be unwilling’ ‘to disobey’ 2. Manipulation of argument structure Incorporation can be used to ensure that the most important participants are core arguments: Subjects and Objects, etc. (3) namegbe biru dur aynbom. that (man) he-him-heart
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This note was uploaded on 05/06/2010 for the course LING 115 taught by Professor Gordon,m during the Spring '08 term at UCSB.

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