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Building Predicates

The View from Palauan


  • Offers fresh insights on the morphology and syntax of Palauan, based on new empirical data

  • Contains the most up-to-date and comprehensive analysis of Palauan syntax available

  • Based on the new data, the author offers arguments that challenge common analyses


Part of the Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory book series (SNLT, volume 92)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Justin Nuger
    Pages 1-49
  3. Justin Nuger
    Pages 51-101
  4. Justin Nuger
    Pages 103-155
  5. Justin Nuger
    Pages 157-224
  6. Justin Nuger
    Pages 225-267
  7. Justin Nuger
    Pages 269-300
  8. Justin Nuger
    Pages 301-305
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 307-330

About this book


This volume proposes that words in Palauan are not drawn directly from a mental lexicon, but are instead composed at least partially in the syntax.  Using original data from syntactic constructions not previously explored in the language, the author entertains several competing theories of word formation and highlights the compatible and incompatible aspects of each, through an exploration into new corners of Palauan syntax and morphology.  The volume provides a comprehensive analysis of the syntax of Palauan that will appeal to anyone interested in Austronesian languages or formal syntactic and morphological theory more generally.


Differential object marking Direct objects in Palauan Morphology in Austronesian Languages Morphosyntax of subject agreement Paulauan language Psych-predicates and phrasal idioms Syntactic analysis of Palauan resultatives Syntactic encoding of clausal subjects Transivity and inner aspect (Aktionsart)

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Nuance CommunicationsSunnyvaleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Building Predicates
  • Book Subtitle The View from Palauan
  • Authors Justin Nuger
  • Series Title Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory
  • Series Abbreviated Title Studies Natural Language
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-28680-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-80404-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-28682-2
  • Series ISSN 0924-4670
  • Series E-ISSN 2215-0358
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 330
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 49 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Syntax
    Austronesian Languages
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