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Some Remarks on Austronesian Clause Structure



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2 Some Remarks on Austronesian Clause Structure Implications from Malagasy Control Complements Maria Polinsky University of California San Diego Malagasy General information 2 1 Basics of Malagasy morphosyntax Austronesian language spoken by about 14 million people in Madagascar VOS word order accusative impoverished case marking Eric Potsdam University of Florida 2 a Workshop on Austronesian syntax and semantics Stanford University February 5 2005 b 1 Introduction The status of the external argument Many Austronesian languages favor just one syntactic argument external argument EA in extractions and clause linkage What is the status of this argument and the general clausal architecture in Austronesian n i vidy ny kadoa omaly ny zaza omaly PAST AGENT FOCUS buy DET gift yesterday DET child The child bought a gift yesterday no vid in ny zaza omaly ny kadoa omaly PAST buy THEME FOCUS DET child yesterday DET gift The gift the child bought yesterday The gift was bought by the child yesterday all verbs show morphological tense marking there are no dedicated non finite forms Malagasy the external argument is underlined 1 a nividy kadoa ny zaza bought gift DET child The child bought a gift b ny zaza izay nividy kadoa DET child REL bought gift the child that bought a gift c ny kadoa izay nividy ny zaza DET gift REL bought DET child the gift that the child bought Table 1 Malagasy tense prefixes past n o presen t m future irrealis h o one element is the EA which is encoded with position and verbal morphology the verbal voice morphology indicates the external argument Table 2 Malagasy voice morphology Two main hypotheses concerning the status of the external argument SUBJECT ANALYSIS EA is subject occurring in an A position TOPIC ANALYSIS EA is topic occurring in an A position Goal of the talk present new evidence from Malagasy Control structures in support of the Topic Analysis Voice Agent focus AF active Morphologica l marking ian Theme focus TF passive intoavoa vid in



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