A Grammar of Savosavo by Claudia Wegener

By Claudia Wegener

This is the 1st complete description of Savosavo, a non-Austronesian (Papuan) language spoken by way of nearly 2,500 audio system on Savo Island, Solomon Islands. in response to fundamental box info recorded by means of the writer, it offers an summary of all degrees of grammar. additionally, an entire bankruptcy is devoted to nominalization of verbs via one specific suffix, which take place in a couple of buildings starting from lexical to syntactic nominalization. The appendix presents glossed instance texts and a listing of lexemes.

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However, further studies are required for a better understanding of the interaction between word stress, sentence accent, intonation contour and clause type. Figures 5 and 6 show that non-verbal clauses such as examples (7) to (9) exhibit a similar pitch contour to the verbal clauses given above. (7) (8) (9) Pa jai=na ota. ’ (bi cs kakula 128) Muzikavili sue lo pipisa. ’ (ej cs botoli 126) Gn-omata te=lo. 939 Time (s) Figure 5. 7207 Time (s) Figure 6. Pitch contours of another nominal clause, example (9) The intonation of content questions and polar questions is not uniform, as could be observed both in natural and elicited data.

Phoneme inventory 21 Table 6. Vowel combinations a e ae ‘to be married’ a * e onea ‘to listen’ * i liaza ‘to return’ mi=e ‘fish=EMPH’ moaba ‘day bef. yesterday’ buara ‘root’ dodoe ‘± 4 gen. )’ ghoi ‘also’ * siu ‘to be edible’ bou ‘heel’ kui ‘eight’ ovuovu ‘steam, gas * All four-syllable roots in Savosavo show the same stress pattern, with primary stress on the penultimate syllable, which is inconsistent with the stress pattern observed with vaitula ‘servant’. e. the first, syllable, and so the stress pattern observed with vaitula ‘servant’ identifies the root as trisyllabic.

2. Intonation associated with some discourse particles There are a few discourse particles that always occur with very specific intonation contours. One is ni ‘AFF’, a question tag following a statement, requesting affirmation, comparable to English tag questions or a right? or ok? following a statement. The preceding clause has a normal intonation contour, including the clause final fall, and is then followed by a steep rise on ni (17). When the speaker is reasonably sure that the statement is correct and uses this tag more for emphasis than as a request for affirmation, this rise may be followed by a fall (18).

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