Abstract

This short paper offers a description of possessive constructions in Irarutu, an Austronesian language spoken in Indonesian Papua, which belongs to the South Halmahera–West New Guinea subgroup. Possession in Irarutu follows a typical East Malayo-Polynesian pattern distinguishing alienable and inalienable possession, but some of the morphology used to code possession is unusual, including what appears to be possessive infixation.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-9421
Print ISSN
0029-8115
Pages
pp. 213-222
Launched on MUSE
2008-07-23
Open Access
No
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