Austronesian expressives and the lexicon

Marian Klamer


The study of the form-function matching of 'expressive' items in five Austronesian languages shows us that the native lexicon (i) is patterned by reference to (violations of) output constraints; (ii) consists of a 'core' and a 'peripheral' part which do not make up separate subgrammars; and (iii) can select grammatically marked morphemes as optimal.


Austronesian; Core Lexicon; Peripheral Lexicon; Markedness

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