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Polynesian Syntax and its Interfaces

Lauren Clemens and Diane Massam


This volume presents research in theoretical syntax and its interfaces with semantics and prosody within the Polynesian language family, with chapters focusing on Hawaiian, Māori, Niuean, Samoan, and Tongan. It includes in-depth analyses of issues within particular languages, as well as chapters that take a comparative-Polynesian approach. Theoretical issues addressed include ergativity and case systems, word order variations, modality and superlatives, causativization, negation, resumption and linearization, raising, the Extended Projection Principle (EPP), and the left periphery of both the ... More

Keywords: Polynesian languages, modality, ergativity, word order, causativization, negation, linearization, raising, EPP, the left peripheries

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780198860839
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198860839.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lauren Clemens, editor
Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology, Program in Linguistics and Cognitive Science, University at Albany, State University of New York

Diane Massam, editor
Emeritus Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Toronto