Journal article

Clause chaining and the utterance phrase: Syntax-prosody mapping in Matukar Panau

John Mansfield, Danielle Barth

OPEN LINGUISTICS | DE GRUYTER POLAND SP Z O O | Published : 2021

Abstract

Clause chaining is a form of syntactic dependency holding between a series of clauses, typically expressing temporal or causal relations between events. Prosodic hierarchy theory proposes that syntactic constituents are systematically mapped to prosodic constituents, but most versions of the theory do not account for clause chain syntax. This article presents original data from Matukar Panau, a clause-chaining Oceanic (Austronesian) language of Papua New Guinea. The clause chain is a syntactic constituent in which final-clause TAM scopes over preceding clauses. There are also other types of multi-clausal structures, encompassing subordinate adverbial clauses, and verbless copula clauses, and..

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Funding Acknowledgements

John Mansfield's research was financed by a grant from the Australian Research Council, DE180100872. Danielle Barth's research was supported by Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages, National Geographic Enduring Voices, the Firebird Foundation for Anthropological Research, the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language and the Endangered Languages Documentation Program (MDP 0382).