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Eprint ID
18890
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Abstract
This paper reexamines the nature of the so-called topic in Philippine languages, specifically its topichood in Tagalog, from a cross-linguistic perspective by comparing it with that of prototypical topic in other languages such as Japanese. The study reveals that its topichood is remarkable in its non-occurrence rather than its occurrence in sentences. It is also shown that although it exhibits similarities with prototypical topic in discourse in terms of its actor-orientedness, they also exhibit significant differences. I argue that one of the difficulties in identifying the nature of the Philippine topic lies in the fact that its choice is made by the interaction ofits sentential and discourse topicality itself with an independent grammatical characteristics that penetrates into the grammar of Philippine languages in general, i.e. patient-orientedness, and the relational balance between these factors can be different depending on transitivity of verbs and the degree of grammaticalization among different Philippine languages.
Note
The Structure of Language Views from Asian Languages
Published Date
2006
Publication Title
岡山大学文学部プロジェクト研究報告書
Publication Title Alternative
Report of Project Kenkyu Program Okayama University
Volume
volume2006
Issue
issue2
Publisher
岡山大学文学部
Publisher Alternative
Faculty of Letters, Okayama University
Start Page
37
End Page
61
NCID
BA78982438
Content Type
Research Paper
language
英語
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Refereed
False
Eprints Journal Name
rpkp