A description of preverb and particle usage in Innu-Aimûn narrative

Bannister, Jane (2004) A description of preverb and particle usage in Innu-Aimûn narrative. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

Sentences with multiple preverbs and/or particles are examined in this thesis. The data sentences were collected from the first 18 stories of the Labrador Innu Text Project. Chapter 1 is an introduction to Innu-aimun grammar, with sections on previous research into word ordering, especially preverb ordering. Chapter 2 describes the patterning, use and co-occurrence of the ten most common preverbs in the data sentences. Preverbs are subdivided into modal preverbs, temporal preverbs, aspectual preverbs and other preverbs. Chapter 3 discusses 28 common particles in the data. These particles are also divided into smaller groups, including complementizers, focus particles, negative particles, adverbs, temporal and aspectual particles, particles of speaker opinion and particles with changed forms. Both chapters 2 and 3 include discussion of regular patterns of ordering of preverbs or particles. Chapter 4 is an analysis of the use of the independent or conjunct orders following negative particles. Optimality Theory is used to explain Innu data, and sentences are analyzed based on Brittain (2001, 1997). A general thesis conclusion ends chapter 4.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/10133
Item ID: 10133
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 123-124.
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Linguistics
Date: 2004
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Naskapi language--Grammar.

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