Liminal pronoun systems: evidence from Garrwa

Mushin, Ilana (2014). Liminal pronoun systems: evidence from Garrwa. In Rob Pensalfini, Myfany Turpin and Diana Guillemin (Ed.), Language description informed by theory (pp. 99-122) Amsterdam, Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing. doi:10.1075/slcs.147

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Author Mushin, Ilana
Title of chapter Liminal pronoun systems: evidence from Garrwa
Title of book Language description informed by theory
Place of Publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher John Benjamins Publishing
Publication Year 2014
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.1075/slcs.147
Open Access Status
Series Studies in Language Companion Series (SLCS)
ISBN 9789027206145
ISSN 0165-7763
Editor Rob Pensalfini
Myfany Turpin
Diana Guillemin
Volume number 147
Chapter number 3
Start page 99
End page 122
Total pages 24
Total chapters 12
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Pronoun systems are often described as a single linguistic category consisting of a paradigm of forms that serve as referential indices, or as “dual” systems consisting of more than one paradigm. In dual systems, a paradigm of “bound” pronouns serves the basic referential functions usually for core grammatical functions, with a paradigm of free pronouns used in contexts of emphasis or contrast, and in oblique grammatical roles (Bresnan 2001; Mushin & Simpson 2008). The same kinds of pragmatic splits can be systematically signalled in single pronoun system for example by means of prosody. Bresnan (2001: 4) claims that a system is only dual when there is a divergence in both form and syntactic distribution. In this chapter I examine the usefulness of this claim in defining pronoun systems as dual (or not dual) using evidence from Garrwa (Northern Australia). Here I argue that Garrwa pronouns function as a liminal system, neither single nor dual. This analysis raises questions about the degree to which categorical distinctions can be made in language description. I also consider implications this has for understanding the typology of pronouns more generally.
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