Lecture | Anthropological & Descriptive Linguistics Discussion Group
Reconstructing the pertensive suffixes of inalienably possessed nouns in Panim
- Monday 30 September 2019
2311 BD Leiden
The Panim language (pnr) of Madang Province, Papua New Guinea has a closed set of ~75 morphologically complex inalienably possessed nouns. These are divided into two groups: kinship terms, with fourteen combinations of pertensive suffix and number, and non-kinship terms (largely body parts), which take only the pertensive suffixes. Panim’s inalienably possessed nouns are extremely irregular: despite the small number of members of this nominal sublcass, there are no fewer than eight lexically determined allomorphs of the 1sg-possessed-singular suffix, and there are ten for the 3sg-possessed-plural suffix. I presents a description of this phenomenon in Panim and reconstruct an earlier form of Panim inalienably possessed noun morphology through comparison with forms from neighboring sister language Amele, for which the cognate inalienably possessed nouns are well documented, congener Bau, for which the congate inalienably possessed nouns are partially described, and newly collected data from Mirkuk (which is currently considered part of Isebe) and Wagi.