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1 Introduction
1.1 Geographic position
1.2 History
1.3 Abui community
1.4 Linguistic situation
1.5 Earlier descriptions of the Abui language
1.6 Genetic affiliation
1.7 Typological sketch
1.8 Fieldwork and language informants
1.9 Corpus
1.10 Outline of the grammar and the presentation of data
2 Phonology
2.1.1 Segmental inventory
2.1.2 Minimal pairs of consonants
2.1.3 Minimal pairs of vowels
2.2 Phonotactics
2.2.1 Distribution of consonants
2.2.2 Vowel sequences
2.3 Syllable structure
2.4 Prosodic word
2.4.1 Nouns
2.4.2 Loan words
2.4.3 Verbs and Function words
2.5 Stress
2.5.1 Monosyllabic words
2.5.2 Iambic pattern
2.5.3 Iambic pattern with extrametricality
2.5.4 Stress and tone
2.5.5 Stress and vowel quality
2.5.6 Affixes
2.5.7 Conclusion
2.6 Abui orthography
3 Grammatical Categories
3.1 Morphological typology
3.2 Nouns
3.2.1 Semantic properties
3.2.2 Categorial indeterminacy
3.2.3 Distributional properties
3.2.4 Relation between semantic and distributional properties of nouns
3.3 Pronouns
3.3.1 Free pronouns
3.3.2 Pronominal prefixes
3.4.4.8 Stative verbs
3.4.5 Closed verb classes
3.4.5.1 Modal verbs
3.4.5.2 Generic verbs
3.4.5.3 Deictic verbs
3.4.5.4 Positional verbs
3.4.5.5 Quantifying verbs
3.4.5.6 Index verbs
3.5 Closed grammatical categories
3.5.1 Adjectives
3.5.2 Demonstratives
3.5.2.1 Abui deictic demonstratives
3.5.2.2 Abui anaphoric demonstratives
3.5.3 Quantifiers
3.5.3.1 Numerals
3.5.3.2 Non-numeral quantifiers
3.5.4 Aspectual markers
3.5.5 Adverbs
3.5.6 Conjunction markers
3.5.7 Question words
4 Nouns and Noun Phrases
4.1 Nominal inventory
4.1.1 Proper names
4.1.1.1 Names of persons
4.1.2 Common nouns
4.2 Possessive inflection of nouns
4.2.1 Possessive prefixes
4.2.2 Inherently possessed nouns
4.2.3 Optionally possessed nouns
4.2.4 Metaphorical extension of possessive relationship
4.3 Nominal derivation
4.3.1 Endocentric compounds
4.3.2 Exocentric compounds
4.3.3 List compounds
4.3.4 Nominalized Verb Phrases
4.4 Noun Phrases
4.4.1 Modifier Nouns
4.4.2 Verbs and Adjectives
4.4.3 Demonstratives
4.4.3.1 Deictic demonstratives
4.4.3.2 Anaphoric demonstratives
4.4.4 Quantifiers
4.4.4.1 Numeral quantifiers
4.4.4.2 Non-numeral quantifiers
4.4.5 Combinations of adnominal modifiers
5.1 Semantic macroroles: actor and undergoer
5.2 Arguments expressed as NPs vs. pronouns
5.3 Arguments expressed as free pronouns
5.4 Arguments expressed with bound pronouns
5.4.1 Referential properties of allophoric bound pronouns
5.4.2 Referential properties of distributive bound pronouns
5.5 Distribution of bound pronouns
5.5.1 U arguments expressed as LOC
5.5.2 U arguments expressed as REC
5.5.3 U arguments expressed as PAT
5.5.4 Overview of the distribution
5.6 Splits in the marking of transitive U
5.7 Splits in the marking of intransitive arguments
5.7.1 Intransitive constructions with a single A argument
5.7.2 Intransitive constructions with a single U argument
5.7.3 Fluid argument realization in intransitive construction
5.8 Development of Abui bound pronouns
5.9 Summary of Abui argument realization
6 Verb Phrase and Clause
6.1 The Abui Verb Phrase
6.1.1 Aspectual inflection
6.1.1.1 Verb stem alternation
6.1.2 Person inflection and valence
6.1.2.1 Person inflection and valence of free verb stems
6.1.2.2 Person inflection and valence of bound verb stems
6.1.3 Overview of the VP structure
6.1.4 Argument incorporation
6.2 Clause
6.2.1 Verb construction types
6.2.2 A-U transitive constructions
(110) A-U transitive constructions
6.2.2.1 A-U transitive construction
6.2.2.2 A-ULOC transitive construction
6.2.2.3 A-UREC transitive construction
6.2.2.4 A-UPAT transitive construction
6.2.2.5 Summary
6.2.3 U-U transitive constructions
(121) U-U transitive constructions
6.2.3.1 U-U transitive construction
6.2.3.2 U-ULOC transitive construction
6.2.3.3 U-UREC transitive construction
6.2.3.4 U-UPAT transitive construction
6.2.3.5 UREC-ULOC transitive construction
6.2.3.6 ULOC-UREC transitive construction
6.2.3.7 ULOC-UPAT transitive construction
6.2.3.8 UREC-UPAT transitive construction
6.2.3.9 Summary
6.2.4 Intransitive constructions
(132) Intransitive constructions
6.2.4.1 A intransitive construction
6.2.4.2 U intransitive construction
6.2.4.3 ULOC intransitive construction
6.2.4.4 UREC intransitive construction
6.2.4.5 UPAT intransitive construction
6.2.4.6 Summary
6.2.5 Experiencer constructions
(146) Experiencer constructions
6.2.5.1 A≡UREC construction
6.2.5.2 A≡UPAT construction
6.2.5.3 A≡<U>≡UREC construction
6.2.5.4 A≡<ULOC>≡UREC construction
6.2.5.5 A≡<ULOC>≡UPAT construction
6.2.5.6 A≡UREC-UPAT construction
6.2.5.7 ULOC≡UREC construction
6.2.5.8 UREC≡UPAT construction
6.2.5.9 Summary
6.2.6 ‘Ditransitive’ construction
6.3 Adverbial modifiers
6.3.1 Adverbs
6.3.2 Deictic demonstratives
6.3.3 Predicates functioning as adverbial modifiers
6.3.3.8 Combinations of adverbial modifiers
6.3.3.9 Talking about time
6.4 Right edge constituents
6.4.1 Negation
6.4.2 Affirmative predicate markers
6.4.3 Anaphoric demonstratives
6.5 Summary
7 Complex Verbs
7.1 Properties of complex verbs
7.1.1 Phonological properties
7.1.2 Distributional properties
7.1.3 Compositional and semantic properties of CVs
7.2 Heterogeneous complex verbs
7.2.1 Heterogeneous complex verbs with verb root
7.2.1.1 Heterogeneous complex verbs with free verbal roots
7.2.1.2 Heterogeneous complex verbs with bound verbal roots
7.2.2 Heterogeneous complex verbs with adjectival roots
7.2.3 Heterogeneous complex verbs with nominal roots
7.2.4 Heterogeneous complex verbs with loan roots
7.2.5 Heterogeneous complex verbs with onomatopoeic roots
7.2.6 Heterogeneous complex verbs with functional roots
7.3 Homogeneous complex verbs
7.3.1 Homogeneous complex verbs consisting of two generic roots
7.3.2 Homogeneous complex verbs consisting of three generic roots
7.3.2.1 Semantic contribution of the final root
7.3.2.2 Semantic contribution of the medial generic root
7.3.2.3 Semantic contribution of the initial root
8 Serial Verb Constructions
8.1 Characteristics of Abui Serial Verb Constructions
8.1.1 Grammatical characteristics of Abui SVC
8.1.2 Composition and semantics of SVCs
8.2 Symmetrical serial verb constructions
8.2.1 Narrative SVCs
8.2.2 Locative SVCs
8.2.3 Synonymous SVCs
8.3 Asymmetrical Serial Verb Constructions type I
8.3.1 SVCs with minor verbs expressing aspect
8.3.2 SVCs with minor verbs expressing direction
8.3.3 SVCs with minor verbs expressing manner
8.3.3.1 SVCs with minor verbs expressing manner of movement
8.3.3.2 SVCs with minor verb expressing spatial extension
8.3.3.3 SVC with minor verbs expressing temporal extension
8.3.4 SVCs with minor verbs expressing modality
8.3.5 SVCs with index verbs
8.4 Asymmetrical Serial Verb Constructions type II
8.4.1 Causative SVC with ong ‘make’
8.4.2 SVCs with minor verbs expressing participants
8.4.3 SVCs with minor verbs quantifying participants
8.4.4 SVCs with minor verbs referring to event location
8.4.5 SVCs with minor verbs expressing position
8.4.6 SVCs with minor verbs expressing manner
8.4.6.4 SVC with reduplicated verb
8.4.7 SVCs with minor verbs expressing modality
Appendix: Abui texts
la teitu nikalieta (ancestor story of Aila clan)
luka-luka ya yoikoi I. (about the monkey and the turtle)
luka-luka ya yoikoi II. (about the monkey and the turtle)
Lord’s Prayer
Abui English Wordlist
English Abui Wordlist
References
Samenvatting in het Nederlands
Curriculum Vitae
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A grammar of Abui, a Papuan language of Alor
A grammar of Abui, a Papuan language of Alor

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