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Title:Additive and associative plurality in Papuan Malay
Abstract:This paper discusses additive and associative plurality in Papuan Malay as spoken along West Papua’s north-east coast, on the island of New Guinea. Included is a brief overview of the noun phrase syntax, the numeral system, universal quantifiers, and numeral classifiers. “Papuan Malay” refers to the Malay varieties spoken in coastal West Papua. So far five varieties of Papuan Malay have been identified. The description of plurality in Papuan Malay is based on recordings of narratives and spontaneous conversations between Papuan Malay speakers in the Sarmi area which is located about 300 km west of Jayapura, both of which are located on the north-east coast of West Papua. In Papuan Malay, the notions of additive and associative plurality are expressed in noun phrases in which a bare nominal head is modified with a post-head plural pronoun. When the head is a common noun that is interpreted as indefinite when occurring alone, this construction receives an additive plural interpretation with the meaning of ‘the Xs’. That is, an additive plural is a ‘normal’ plural signaling ‘more than one X’. With a nominal (typically a kin term or a proper noun) which is interpreted as definite when occurring alone, this construction receives an associative plural interpretation with the basic meaning of ‘X and X’s associates’. Before examining plurality in Papuan Malay in detail, §1 gives an overview of the Papuan Malay noun phrase syntax, the numeral system, universal quantifiers, and numeral classifiers. The notions of additive and associative plurality are discussed in §2, followed by a brief review of associative plurality in other regional Malay varieties in §3.
Contributor (author):Kluge, Angela
Date (W3CDTF):2014
Description:In Papuan Malay noun phrases in which a plural pronoun modifies a bare head nominal denote additive or associative plurality. With an indefinite referent the construction has an additive reading with the basic meaning of ‘Xs’ as in pemuda dong ‘*they young people’. This group reading implies referential homogeneity. With a definite referent the same construction has an associative reading with the basic meaning ‘X and X’s associates’ as in Pawlus dorang ‘Pawlus and his associates’. This group reading implies referential heterogeneity and reference to groups.
Description (URI):http://www.sil.org/resources/archives/59456
Extent:pages 170–185
Identifier (URI):http://www.sil.org/resources/archives/59456
Language:English
Language (ISO639):eng
Spatial Coverage (ISO3166):ID
Subject:Papuan Malay language
number; linguistics; grammar; plurality; additive plurality; associative plurality; Papuan Malay; Malay; West Papua; syntax
Subject (ISO639):pmy
Type (DCMI):Text
Type (OLAC):language_description

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