Polynesian Syntax and its Interfaces

ISBN : 9780198860839

Lauren Clemens; Diane Massam
352 ページ
153 x 234 mm

This volume brings together current research in theoretical syntax and its interfaces in the Polynesian language family, with chapters focusing on Hawaiian, Maori, Niuean, Samoan, and Tongan. Languages in this family present multiple characteristics of particular interest for comparative syntactic research, and in recent years, data from Polynesian languages has also contributed to advances in the fields of prosody and semantics, as well as to the study of parametric variation. The chapters in this volume offer in-depth analyses of a range of theoretical issues at the syntax-semantics and syntax-prosody interfaces, both within individual languages and from a comparative Polynesian perspective. They examine key topics including: word order variation, ergativity and case systems, causativization, negation, raising, modality and superlatives, and the left periphery of both the sentential and nominal domains. The findings not only shed light on the theoretical typology of Polynesian languages, but also have implications for linguistic theory as a whole.


List of abbreviations
The contributors
1 Lauren Clemens and Diane Massam: Polynesian languages and their contributions to theoretical linguistics
2 Vera Hohaus: Gradability and modality: A case study from Samoan
3 James N. Collins: Mapping meaning to argument structure: The case of Samoan case
4 Maria Polinsky and Eric Potsdam: Deriving VOS from VSO in Tongan
5 Lauren Clemens and Rebecca Tollan: Syntactic ergativity as absolutive movement in Tongic Polynesian
6 Jens Hopperdietzel: Causative morphology as Voice-driven allomorphy: The case of Samoan fa'a causatives
7 Sandra Chung: Reaffirming Māori negatives as verbs
8 David J. Madeiros: Hawaiian ai at the syntax-phonology interface
9 Yuko Otsuka: Apparent raising in Tongan and its implications for multiple case valuation
10 Elizabeth Pearce: Preverbal subjects and preverbal particles: Components of the left periphery in Māori
11 Julianne Doner: Predicate-EPP in Niuean, Tongan, and beyond
12 Diane Massam: The lingering DP in Niuean


Lauren Clemens is Assistant Professor at the University at Albany, State University of New York, in the Department of Anthropology's Program in Linguistics and Cognitive Science. Her work focuses on formal syntax, prosody, and the interface between them, and draws primarily on data from the Polynesian and Mayan language families. Her research has been published in journals such as Linguistic Inquiry, Language, Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, and Syntax.; Diane Massam is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Toronto. Her main research interests are in argument structure, case, predication, word order, and nominal structure, with a focus on the Niue language and on register in English. She is the author of Niuean: Predicates and Arguments in an Isolating Language (OUP, 2020), editor of Count and Mass Across Languages (OUP, 2012), and co-editor, with Jessica Coon and Lisa deMena Travis, of The Oxford Handbook of Ergativity (OUP, 2017).