Aspects of certain intransitivizing postbases and of a transitivizing postbase in Labrador Inuttut

Beaudoin-Lietz, Christa A. M (1982) Aspects of certain intransitivizing postbases and of a transitivizing postbase in Labrador Inuttut. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

This study concerns itself with certain intransitivizing postbases and a transitivizing postbase in Labrador Inuttut, a dialect of Inuktitut currently spoken mostly in five settlements of the Labrador coast. A verb classification is provided, according to the possible combinations of the postbases under investigation with verbal stems. The verbs are selected from a dictionary of the Labrador dialect produced by Inuit: "Labrador Inuit Uqausingit"; all forms of the classification are elicited by consulting five native speakers. -- Aspects of intransitivizers and issues related to transitivity in some grammars of other Eastern Dialects of Inuktitut are presented. -- For Labrador Inuttut, the intransitivizing post bases and the transitivizing one are distinguished from other homonymous postbases, and their phonological form is established. The postbase analysis is followed by the verbal stem classification. This classification provides distributional patterns with respect to the co-occurrence of the postbases with verbal stems. It is observed that morphological categories show a tendency to coincide with major semantic categories of verbal stems.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/7757
Item ID: 7757
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 145-148.
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Linguistics
Date: 1982
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Canada--Newfoundland and Labrador--Labrador
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Inuit language--Dialects; Inuit--Newfoundland and Labrador--Labrador; Inuktitut dialect

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