Kubeo Grammatical Relations

Thiago 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
Subtitle of host publicationA new perspective on grammatical relations
EditorsAlena Witzlack-Makerevich, Balthasar Bickel
Place of PublicationAmsterdam & Philadelphia
PublisherJohn Benjamins
StatePublished - 2019

Publication series

NameTypological Studies in Language
PublisherJohn Benjamins


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