Grammatical relations in Kubeo

Thiago Costa Chacon, Carol Genetti

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This paper describes a number of argument selectors for grammatical relations in Kubeo, an Eastern Tukanoan language spoken in the Vaupes River area in Northwestern Amazonia. The main selectors discussed in this paper are: verbal agreement, case marking, constituent ordering, causative, applicative, non-finite clauses, passive, noun incorporation and anaphoric constructions. The overwhelming grammatical pattern selects S, A, and Aditr for similar treatment in contrast to the remaining argument types; some constructions suggest a distinction between two types of S arguments, which we analyze as Sa versus Sp. The language presents the phenomenon of differential object marking, as well as analytical challenges related to non-canonical passivization and the way that animacy, referentiality and argument hierarchies correlate in the organization of grammatical relations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationArgument Selectors. A new perspective on grammatical relations
EditorsAlena Witzlack-Makarevich, Balthasar Bickel
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Number of pages34
ISBN (Electronic)9789027263025
StatePublished - 2019

Publication series

NameTypological Studies in Language
ISSN (Print)0167-7373

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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