Abstract

Specificity and definiteness are universal semantic categories, but not all languages express these categories morphologically. In this paper, I present data from Maea

a, a language spoken in northern Vanuatu, which show morphological expressions of these two semantic categories. I argue that in Maea the article le denotes specificity, aite encodes indefiniteness, te . . . aite refers to indefinite nonspecific expressions, while the lack of an article expresses definiteness.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-9421
Print ISSN
0029-8115
Pages
pp. 538-553
Launched on MUSE
2008-01-03
Open Access
No
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