A Grammar of Savosavo by Claudia Wegener

By Claudia Wegener

This is the 1st complete description of Savosavo, a non-Austronesian (Papuan) language spoken through nearly 2,500 audio system on Savo Island, Solomon Islands. in keeping with basic box facts recorded via the writer, it presents an outline of all degrees of grammar. additionally, an entire bankruptcy is devoted to nominalization of verbs through one specific suffix, which take place in a few buildings starting from lexical to syntactic nominalization. The appendix presents glossed instance texts and an inventory of lexemes.

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802556 Time (s) Figure 13. The pitch contours of the affirmative (left) and the negative (right) ‘vocal gesture’, performed by the same (female) speaker Chapter 3 Word formation This chapter provides definitions for some basic terms and summarizes which functions are fulfilled by affixation, cliticization, reduplication and stem modification in Savosavo. It gives an overview of the grammatical areas where these four morphological processes play a role, as well as references to those parts of the grammar where more information can be found on each function.

Words with more than three vowels in a sequence are rare, and are the result of reduplication and/or affixation, as for example in the case of ­eo"eo ‘hanger’, derived from eo- ‘to hang something’. 3. 8 Roots with three or more syllables can have more than one stressed syllable. Stress assignment proceeds from the end of the root. Therefore, if there is more than one stressed syllable in a root, the rightmost stressed syllable is analyzed as carrying primary stress. Stress on other syllables is analyzed as secondary, although there is usually no or only little difference in realization.

I therefore decided to follow Todd’s analysis and regard it as a palatal stop with a fricative release. Both analyses can account for the phonetic realizations, but treating it as an affricate would mean adding a further manner of articulation to the phoneme inventory and be less economical. The fact that the phoneme discussed here is commonly prenasalized like all other voiced stops and that there is a corresponding palatal nasal supports our analysis, as it leads to a balanced phoneme inventory which for all nasals has stops at the same place of articulation (see Maddieson (1984: 13) “[n]asal consonants do not occur unless stops (including affricates) occur at (broadly speaking) the same place of articulation”).

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