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100 1  King, Deborah 
245 10 Voice and valence-altering operations in Falam Chin
       |h[electronic resource] :|bA Role and Reference Grammar 
       approach 
300    1 online resource  
500    Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 72-
       03, Section: A, page: 9220 
500    Adviser: Jerold A. Edmondson 
502    Thesis (Ph.D.)--The University of Texas at Arlington, 2010
520    This dissertation describes and analyzes voice and valence
       -altering operations in Falam Chin, a Tibeto-Burman 
       language of Burma. The data is explained within the 
       framework of Role and Reference Grammar (RRG), which 
       supplies several key concepts particularly useful for 
       generalizing the behavior of the Falam Chin operations. 
       The first is RRG's system of semantic decomposition, based
       on Dowty (1979), which is used to formulate each 
       predicate's underlying  logical structure (LS). Second is 
       the concept of macroroles , generalized semantic roles 
       actor and  undergoer, which are assigned to the arguments 
       of a predicate according to a hierarchy of LS positions. M
       -transitivity refers to the number of macroroles assigned 
       to a given predicate (Van Valin & LaPolla 1997; Van Valin 
       2005) 
520    Within this framework, each of the primary voice and 
       valence-altering operations of Falam Chin are shown to be 
       lexical operations which affect the underlying LS and/or 
       macrorole assignment of the base predicate. Causatives and
       applicatives are valence-raising operations which fuse two
       LSs by means of a lexical rule, such that their arguments 
       are treated as the arguments of a single predicate. On the
       other hand, reflexives, reciprocals, and middles assign 
       coreferentiality to two arguments of the base predicate, 
       after which they lower M-transitivity by joining the 
       macroroles of the two coreferential arguments into a 
       single macrorole. Finally, antipassives lower M-
       transitivity by blocking macrorole assignment to the lower
       -ranking argument of the base predicate 
520    While Falam Chin displays both dependent-marking and head-
       marking characteristics, this dissertation argues that it 
       is a fundamentally head-marking language. As is 
       characteristic of head-marking languages, Falam Chin's NPs
       are in semantic apposition to its cross-reference 
       pronominals, which are the true core arguments. In light 
       of this, a number of unusual features of Falam Chin's 
       voice and valence-altering operations are revealed to be 
       natural results of its head-marking makeup. Furthermore, 
       as claimed by Nichols (1986), head-marking languages tend 
       to downplay syntactic distinctions in favor of semantic 
       and pragmatic ones, a characteristic evident in Falam 
       Chin's preference for lexical operations with semantic and
       pragmatic functions 
590    School code: 2502 
650  4 Linguistics 
710 2  The University of Texas at Arlington.|bLinguistics 
773 0  |tDissertation Abstracts International|g72-03A 
856 40 |zDigital Dissertation Consortium|uhttp://ddc.elib.com.tw/
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