Reflexive, reciprocal and emphatic functions in Barunga Kriol

Maia Ponsonnet

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    This chapter describes the reflexive, reciprocal and adverbial emphatic markers mijelp, gija and miself in Barunga Kriol, the variety of the Australian Kriol spoken in Beswick/Wugularr (Top End, Northern Territory, Australia). These markers are interesting because their distribution has evolved in recent years, resulting in further and neater distinctions. Firstly, a typologically rare distinction between two types of reciprocals has emerged, where transitive verbs and “semi-transitive” verbs receive distinct reciprocal marking. This distinction could result from contact with other Kriol varieties, and represents an interesting pattern of contact-induced change, where no actual form or function is borrowed from the source language. Secondly, the reflexive and emphatic markers, which were originally quasi-identical, have evolved to become two (or more) welldifferentiated items.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationLoss and Renewal: Australian Languages Since Colonisation
    Editors Felicity Meakins and Carmel O'Shannessy
    Place of PublicationBoston/Berlin
    PublisherDe Gruyter Mouton
    ISBN (Print)9781614518877
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


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