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By Claudia Wegener

This is the 1st finished description of Savosavo, a non-Austronesian (Papuan) language spoken through nearly 2,500 audio system on Savo Island, Solomon Islands. in response to basic box information recorded via the writer, it offers an summary of all degrees of grammar. additionally, an entire bankruptcy is devoted to nominalization of verbs by way of one specific suffix, which happen in a couple of buildings starting from lexical to syntactic nominalization. The appendix presents glossed instance texts and a listing of lexemes.

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To express distributive plural in an NP, it does not have to be the head that is reduplicated, it could also be a modifier or even the determiner (see Sec. 2). Morphological processes 47 Table 11. 1, p. 2, p. 2, p. 4, p. 183ff. 1, p. 1, p. 54. Two postpositions, l-omata15 ‘at’ and l-omiti ‘for’, exhibit a change of the first vowel from /o/ to /e/ in the second person dual and plural, and allow both forms of the root, with /o/ or with /e/, for the third person plural. 2, p. 3, p. 107. Finally, the proprietive derivative marker lava shows stem modification marking number and gender.

However, there does not seem to be a boragha ‘to be black’ 11. 6 %). Morphophonology 33 functional difference in the other two examples; when asked about these variants, informants said they mean the same, but they preferred the reduplication of two syllables in both cases and suggested that the shorter versions might be a result of fast speech. g. O-put’ → lovu& lovu ‘to put repeatedly’ (see also Sec. 4). NOM molumolu& molumolu=gha=la tavatu-i. ’ (pc biti 018) Here the reduplication of the word molumolu ‘island’ expresses distributive plural.

4). NOM molumolu& molumolu=gha=la tavatu-i. ’ (pc biti 018) Here the reduplication of the word molumolu ‘island’ expresses distributive plural. g. magnigha ‘village, homestead’ → magni& magnigha ‘different villages, homesteads’. The reason why molumolu is completely reduplicated might be that the basis for the reduplication, the word molumolu ‘island’, already shows a reduplication pattern. CV "sodu- ‘to cut sth. in two’ → ­sodu& "sodu- ‘to cut sth. in pieces’ "kapisi ‘thing’ → ­kapi& "kapisi ‘different things’ ­a"beni ‘to ask so.

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