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dc.contributor.authorMagnetti-Barsel, Linda Anna-
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation presents a description of the verb morphology of the Mori language. It employs a struc-tural, taxonomic model of analysis modified by proposi-tions from Fillmore (1968), Chafe (1970) and Aronoff (1976). The analysis consists of nine chapters. Chapter 1 is the introduction, which includes the social and demo-graphic background of the language, a review of written materials on Mori, a description of the database used in the analysis, and the theoretical background. Chapter 2 gives a phonological sketch of the language, in which a segmental and systematic analysis are presented along with a discussion of stress and the canonical shape of morphemes. Chapter 3 discusses the word in Mori and divides the Mori words into four major word classes: bases, substitutes, particles and interjections. Chapter 4 gives the grammatical background to the Mori verb, in which it discusses case, tense, number, imperative mood and the new information of a sentence in relation to verb inflection. In this chapter the category of new information as defined by Chafe (1978) is shown to be formally marked in this language by the combination of inflectional affixes on the Verb and the presence or absence of future tense markers. Chapters 5,'6, and 7 present the analysis of the Mori verb, in which Aronoff's hypothesis that 'all regular word-formation processes are word-based' (Aronoff 1976:21) is adopted. Chapter 5 discusses the verb root and divides the Mori V-roots into 15 classes according to the affix with which the V-root occurs. Chapter 6 establishes the verb stem as a V-root, which only may occur with its class affix, a verb base, i.e. an uninflected verb that may occur as a word, a noun base, a verb phrase or a noun phrase. Chapter 7 gives a detailed description of the derivational morphology of Mori and its cyclic application. Chapter 8 presents an analysis of a Mori text and Chapter 9 summarizes the thesis.en_US
dc.publisherColumbia Universityen_US
dc.subjectAustronesian Languagesen_US
dc.subjectMalayo-Polynesian Languagesen_US
dc.titleVerb Morphology in Mori, an Austronesian language spoken in Central Sulawesi, Indonesiaen_US
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