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dc.contributor.authorBrotchie, Amandaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-05-22T15:49:42Z
dc.date.available2014-05-22T15:49:42Z
dc.date.issued2009en_US
dc.identifier.citationBrotchie, A. (2009). Tirax grammar and narrative: an Oceanic language spoken on Malakula, North Central Vanuatu. PhD thesis, Dept. of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, The University of Melbourne.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11343/36956
dc.descriptionCD ROM version of this work with links to illustrative audio clips available in Special Collections copy at the Baillieu.en_US
dc.description© 2009 Dr. Amanda Brotchieen_US
dc.description.abstractThis work provides the only description of the grammar and narratives of Tirax, an Oceanic language spoken in three villages on Malakula, North Central Vanuatu. The data on which the work is based was collected by the author during a three-month fieldtrip to Malakula in 2004, with a short follow-up fieldtrip in 2007, and regular correspondence for final fact-checking. Tirax has many features typical of North Central Vanuatu languages, such as obligatory subject-mood markers distinguishing realis and irrealis mood, ‘inalienable’ and ‘alienable’ possessive marking, a range of possessive classifiers for alienable possession, verbal behaviour in the numeral system, ‘nuclear’ verb serialisation, and a range of strategies for paratactic linkage. Additionally, several morphosyntactic processes, such as object marking and plural marking, are sensitive to the animacy of the referent. The pattern of distribution of some of the grammatical features identified in the language was studied to determine their discourse-pragmatic function. In particular, aspect markers and NP markers encoding definiteness and number arc grammatically optional in Tirax, and it is found that they are strategically used by speakers for marking prominence or otherwise engaging the hearer in the narrative. The work therefore represents a novel approach to language description, highlighting the relationship between discourse and grammar. A holistic analysis of the narratives was undertaken, studying the prosodic, morphosyntactic and discourse-semantic layers of structure. This holistic, integrated approach has revealed the existence of transition clauses, hitherto undescribed discourse structures which are frequently encountered in Tirax. Appendices include illustrative texts, a methodology for identifying intonation units, and a description of Tirax phonology. There is also a CD ROM version of this work with links to illustrative audio clips.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.subjectOceanic languagesen_US
dc.subjectgrammaren_US
dc.subjectTirax languageen_US
dc.titleTirax grammar and narrative: an Oceanic language spoken on Malakula, North Central Vanuatuen_US
dc.typePhD thesisen_US
melbourne.peerreviewPeer Revieweden_US
melbourne.affiliationThe University of Melbourneen_US
melbourne.affiliation.departmentDept. of Linguistics and Applied Linguisticsen_US
melbourne.publication.statusUnpublisheden_US
melbourne.linkedresource.urlhttp://cat.lib.unimelb.edu.au/record=b3362291
melbourne.contributor.authorBrotchie, Amandaen_US
melbourne.accessrightsOpen Access


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