THE DISTRIBUTION OF DIFFERENTIAL OBJECTMARKING IN PARAGUAYAN GUARANÍ


the distribution of differential objectmarking in paraguayan guaran205?
THE DISTRIBUTION OF DIFFERENTIAL OBJECTMARKING IN PARAGUAYAN GUARANÍ
Author: Cory AdamShain
Publisher: Ohio State University
Publication date: 2008
Number of pages: 166
Format: pdf
Size: 1 MB

Differential Object Marking (DOM), the marking of some but not all direct objects in a given language, is active in over 300 languages around the world. I examine the distribution of DOM in Paraguayan Guaraní by evaluating transitive clauses in a corpus of naturally-occurring Guaraní datawith respect to several factor groups. I find animacy and topicality to have the strongest relationship with object-marking frequency and show that human topical objects are frequently marked, while non-human and/or non-topical objects are infrequently marked. I then examine a Guaraní corpus published in 1640, prior to substantial Spanish contact, and do not find any clear instances of DOM

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