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Title: An Introduction to the Grammar of Selaru
Authors: Coward, David Forrest
Keywords: Selaru - Grammar
Selaru Language
Southern Languages
Southeast Maluku Languages
Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian Languages
Malayo-Polynesian Languages
Austronesian Languages
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: SIL
Abstract: This volume provides an overview of the grammar of Selaru, an Austronesian language spoken in southeastern Maluku, Indonesia.It begins with a brief phonological sketch and a short discussion of the morphological behavior of Selaru glides.It then gives an in-depth syntactic description of the noun phrase, clause, relative clause, and sentence constructions. These topics constitute the bulk of the study.The thesis finishes with a fairly detailed look into clause ranking, text cohesion, and peak features in a Selaru narrative. Some interesting characteristics of Selaru are that Selaru differentiates possession of food from general possession, something unusual for Moluccan languages but characteristic of Oceanic languages. Selaru hasfive clause types grouped into verbal and non-verbal predications. Verbal clauses are conjugated as to subject. Tense is not grammatically marked; aspect is the major sentence modifier.
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