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An Unusual Passive in Western Oceanic: The Case of Vitu

An Unusual Passive in Western Oceanic: The Case of Vitu Passive constructions are rare in Melanesia and none is reconstructed for Proto-Oceanic. This paper reports on a passive in Vitu, a Meso-Melanesian language spoken in West New Britain, Papua New Guinea, describing its structural properties (some of which are unusual) and attempting to provide a diachronic scenario through which it may have arisen. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Oceanic Linguistics University of Hawai'I Press

An Unusual Passive in Western Oceanic: The Case of Vitu

Oceanic Linguistics , Volume 46 (1) – Jul 30, 2007

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Abstract

Passive constructions are rare in Melanesia and none is reconstructed for Proto-Oceanic. This paper reports on a passive in Vitu, a Meso-Melanesian language spoken in West New Britain, Papua New Guinea, describing its structural properties (some of which are unusual) and attempting to provide a diachronic scenario through which it may have arisen.

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Oceanic LinguisticsUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jul 30, 2007

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