Papuan Malay of New Guinea: Melanesian influence on verb and clause structure

Mark Donohue

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    Abstract

    Of the Malay varieties of Southeast Asia, Papuan Malay is the most removed both geographically and linguistically from the “homeland” of Malay. While showing no more lexical differences than other Malay varieties, it represents an extreme divergence from the morphosyntax of the better-described varieties to the west. Verbs, and their place in clause structure, represent the area where this is most apparent, almost certainly representing influence from the Melanesian languages that were the native languages of the first speakers of an early variety of Papuan Malay.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCreoles, their Substrates, and Language Typology
    Editors Claire Lefebvre
    Place of PublicationAmsterdam
    PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
    Pages413-435
    Edition1st
    ISBN (Print)9789027206763
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

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