Journal article

The predicate as a locus of grammar and interaction in colloquial Indonesian

Michael C Ewing

Studies in Language | JOHN BENJAMINS PUBLISHING CO | Published : 2019


Abstract Descriptions of Indonesian usually take the clause as the starting point for analysing grammatical structure and rely on the notion of ellipsis to account for the way speakers actually use language in everyday conversational interaction. This study challenges the status of “clause” by investigating the structures actually used by Indonesian speakers in informal conversation and it demonstrates that the predicate, rather than the clause, plays a central role in the grammar of Indonesian conversation. The preponderance of predicates in the data that do not have explicit arguments suggests t..

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