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The Benefactive Construction in South Efate

The Benefactive Construction in South Efate <p>The benefactive construction in South Efate employs a prepositional phrase in the position immediately preceding the main verb. This position facilitates the expression of an additional participant in a sentence without competing for slots held by other participants (core arguments or adjuncts). Possessive morphology encoding the benefactive has been noted for other Oceanic languages, with distinct word-order marking a final stage of grammaticalization of the benefactive. While South Efate shares features with southern Vanuatu languages, it is shown that a preverbal benefactive is an areal feature of several languages to the north of South Efate, potentially supporting South Efate&apos;s position in the Central Vanuatu subgroup.</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Oceanic Linguistics University of Hawai'I Press

The Benefactive Construction in South Efate

Oceanic Linguistics , Volume 45 (2) – Jan 24, 2007

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © 2006 University of Hawai'i Press.
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1527-9421

Abstract

<p>The benefactive construction in South Efate employs a prepositional phrase in the position immediately preceding the main verb. This position facilitates the expression of an additional participant in a sentence without competing for slots held by other participants (core arguments or adjuncts). Possessive morphology encoding the benefactive has been noted for other Oceanic languages, with distinct word-order marking a final stage of grammaticalization of the benefactive. While South Efate shares features with southern Vanuatu languages, it is shown that a preverbal benefactive is an areal feature of several languages to the north of South Efate, potentially supporting South Efate&apos;s position in the Central Vanuatu subgroup.</p>

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Oceanic LinguisticsUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jan 24, 2007

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