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Suppletive kin term paradigms in the languages of New Guinea

Baerman, Matthew (2014) Suppletive kin term paradigms in the languages of New Guinea Linguistic Typology, 18 (3).

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Abstract

Kin terms in some languages have suppletive roots according to the person of the possessor, as in Kaluli na:la ‘my daughter’, ga:la ‘your daughter’ versus ida ‘her/his daughter’. Suppletion is generally seen as a language-specific morphological peculiarity, but in this context there are a number of lexical and morphological similarities across languages, suggesting the motivation may also lie in the nature of kin terms themselves. We offer a typological assessment suppletive kin terms through a case study of the languages of New Guinea, where the phenomenon appears to be particularly common.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of English and Languages > English > Surrey Morphology Group
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Baerman, MatthewM.Baerman@surrey.ac.uk
Date : 2014
Additional Information : The final publication is available at www.degruyter.com
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 18 Mar 2015 16:49
Last Modified : 13 Jun 2018 15:47
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/806016

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