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Title: Dusner
Written By: Mary Dalrymple
Suriel Mofu
URL: http://lincom-shop.eu
Series Title: Languages of the World/Materials 487
Description:

Dusner is an Austronesian language with three remaining fluent speakers. It
was formerly spoken in Dusner, a village of about 600 people on the western
shore of Wandamen Bay, an inlet of Cenderawasih Bay in West Papua,
Indonesia. Only one of the three speakers still lives in Dusner.

Dusner is a fairly rigidly SVO language. Verbs do not show distinctions in
tense, aspect, mood, or voice, but there is a rich subject agreement paradigm
with an inclusive/exclusive distinction in the first person and a three-way
number distinction (singular, dual, plural). Subject pro-drop is common.
Alongside a default third-person plural form, there is a separate form for
agreement with nonhumans in the third person, as well as a third person
plural pronoun whose reference is restricted to nonhumans. This violates
Greenberg's universal 45, which states that if a language has gender
distinctions in the plural, it always has some gender distinctions in the
singular as well. Nouns are invariant except for a small class of inalienably
possessed stems which must appear with possessive suffixes. In
periphrastic possessive constructions, a pronominal possessor follows the
head noun and shows agreement with both the head noun and the possessor.
There are very few adjectives, and only a small class of prepositions, though
there is a rich inventory of adverbial locative expressions. The number
system is quintenary.

Contents

Abbreviations

Background

1 Phonology

2 Morphology

2.1 Verbs
2.2 Nouns
2.3 Determiners and demonstratives
2.4 Personal pronouns
2.5 Possessive pronouns
2.6 Adjectives
2.7 Verbalising prefix ve-
2.8 Prepositions and locative expressions
2.9 Numerals
2.10 Interjections and discourse particles

3 Syntax

3.1 Noun phrases
3.2 Possessive phrases
3.3 Prepositional phrases
3.4 Locative and directional expressions
3.5 Core clause structure
3.6 Nonverbal predication
3.7 Negation
3.8 Imperatives
3.9 Coordination
3.10 Subordinate complement clauses
3.11 Subordinate adjunct clauses
3.12 Relative clauses
3.13 Emphatic construction
3.14 Interrogatives
3.14.1 Polar questions
3.14.2 Constituent questions
3.15 Comparatives

4 Text

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Austronesian Languages
Subject Language(s): Dusner
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Versions:
Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783862882786
Pages: 64
Prices: Europe EURO 43.80