By Stacy Fang-Ching Teng

ISBN-10: 0858835878

ISBN-13: 9780858835870

The Puyuma humans live in southeastern Taiwan in Taitung urban and Peinan Township in Taitung County . There are nonetheless fourteen extant Formosan (Austronesian) languages in Taiwan , yet in basic terms 13 indigenous teams are formally known via the Taiwanese govt. the current research investigates the Nanwang dialect of the Puyuma language, spoken via the folks in Nanwang and Paoshang Suburbs of Taitung urban in southern Taiwan .The goal of this grammar is to explain the phonology and morphosyntax of Puyuma. The paintings is descriptive in nature, and the theoretical framework hired is uncomplicated Linguistic idea (BLT), following Dixon (1994, 1997) and Dryer (2006). BLT emphasis es the necessity to describe every one language in its personal phrases, instead of impos ing on it innovations derived from different languages . hence, during this examine, the writer abandons conventional phrases utilized by linguists learning Philippine-type languages, corresponding to 'agent focus', 'patient focus', 'locative focus', or 'instrumental focus', and replaces them with the phrases like 'transitive' and 'intransitive' which are extra common to lots of the world's linguists.

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Me- / __ [+sonorant] ! / elsewhere5 Thus, if the verb begins with a glottal stop and we did not consider the glottal stop as a phoneme, we will have an incorrect derivation. Take ’etim “to stew” as an example. We will derive its intransitive/actor voice form wrongly as *m-etim instead of the correct form ’etim. Also, if the verb ends with a glottal stop and we ignore it, we will pronounce its transitive/undergoer voice form wrongly. 1). 2. 3 In Nanwang dialect, most speakers are not aware of its existence.

Li (1991) also classifies Puyuma into 6 A Reference Grammar of Puyuma two varieties: Nanwang and Katipul (which consists of all the dialects other than Nanwang). His subgrouping is also based on the shared innovation discussed by Ting (1978). Huteson (2005), unlike Ting (1978) and Li (1991), says that the Puyuma dialects are mutually intelligible, with the exception of the Katipul variety. However, he does not provide any linguistic evidence for this statement. In 2003, four dialects (Nanwang, Katipul, Ulivelivek, and Kasavakan) were recognised at a government-sponsored conference on writing systems for indigenous languages.

Nanwang dialect is alone in not undergoing this innovation. Ting notes that the other five dialects vary only slightly in their phonetic features. Li (1991) also classifies Puyuma into 6 A Reference Grammar of Puyuma two varieties: Nanwang and Katipul (which consists of all the dialects other than Nanwang). His subgrouping is also based on the shared innovation discussed by Ting (1978). Huteson (2005), unlike Ting (1978) and Li (1991), says that the Puyuma dialects are mutually intelligible, with the exception of the Katipul variety.

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