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Title: The function of the copy pronouns in Kapampangan
Authors: Rowsell, Lorna
Keywords: Linguistics;Syntax;Pampanga language;Grammar, Comparative and general--Pronoun;Morphology;Focus (Linguistics);Grammar, Comparative and general--Ergative constructions
Issue Date: Jun-1986
Publisher: University of Calgary
Citation: Rowsell, L. (1986). The function of the copy pronouns in Kapampangan. Calgary Working Papers in Linguistics, 12(Summer), 85-100.
Abstract: There exists in Kapampangan an obligatory set of enclitic pronouns which co-occur with and precede their nominal referents. If it is assumed that marking devices in natural language are minimally efficient, the existence of these copy pronouns may at first be perceived as redundant. In this paper, therefore, I will attempt to show that their presence is necessitated by two factors: the ergative morphology of the language and the Philippine focus construction. Following this analysis, I will present some examples of sentences in which the presence or absence of these pronouns provides syntactic information not otherwise apparent.
ISSN: 2371-2643
Appears in Collections:Volume 12, Summer 1986

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