Abstract

Three forms of the genitive phrase marker have been proposed for Proto-Austronesian: *ni, *na, and *nu. While there is universal agreement on the form of this reconstructed system, reconstruction of the meanings/functions of these forms has been far more problematic. It is argued that *nu marked the genitive of common nouns, while *ni and *na marked the genitive of singular and plural personal nouns respectively. The evidence supporting this reconstruction forces a reconsideration of the *ni-phrases posited by Robert Blust in this journal in 1974:"Proto-Austronesian syntax: The first step" (13:1-15).

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-9421
Print ISSN
0029-8115
Pages
pp. 215-222
Launched on MUSE
2005-07-08
Open Access
No
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