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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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-9421
Print ISSN
0029-8115
Pages
pp. 54-70
Launched on MUSE
2007-07-30
Open Access
No
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