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Title: Aspects of Edolo grammar
Authors: Gossner, Jan David
Keywords: Edolo - Grammar
Bosavi Languages
Trans-New Guinea Languages
Indo-pacific Languages
Issue Date: 1994
Publisher: University of Texas at Arlington
Abstract: The Edolo people (elsewhere Etoro and Etolo) live in the Southern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea. Edolo is a Papuan language, a member of the Bosavi family, with an SOV typology. Grammatical relations are indicated by case marking, which follows an ergative/absolutive system. Edolo uses a body part counting system, counting thirty-four parts, and has a complex system of spatial deictics. Clause chaining and tail-head linkage are widely used. Much of the present work consists of a word level description that includes an accounting of the complex verbal morphology. Phrase structure and clause structure are examined following the Government and Binding paradigm. Discourse genre distinctions and participant reference are considered briefly. The system of participant reference is a bit unusual, there being very limited subject agreement marking and no switch-reference marking. Two appendices are included with interlinearized vernacular texts.
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