1998, English, Article edition: Evidence for Grammatical Functions in Tongan Michael Dukes; Miriam Butt; Tracy Holloway King (editors

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  • Evidence for Grammatical Functions in Tongan
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  • Michael Dukes
  • Miriam Butt
  • Tracy Holloway King (editors
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  • this paper I revisit a number of issues in the grammar of Tongan, an ergative Polynesian language (Eastern branch of MP) , in the light of recent developments in grammatical theory and in the analysis of WMP languages in particular. I will argue that a number of the issues of controversy in the treatment of the ergative languages of Polynesia, at least as far as they are reflected in the grammar of Tongan, can be straightforwardly accounted for under an approach which recognizes at least two distinct notions of subjecthood, as widely discussed in analyses of WMP languages. These distinct notions of subjecthood originate in the split between 'referencerelated ' and 'role-related' properties outlined in Schachter's (1976, 1977) discussions of subjecthood in Tagalog and are implemented here in terms of a distinction between a valencebased notion of subjecthood ('grammatical subject') and a semantically based notion of subjecthood ('logical subject', 'Actor', etc), as has been proposed for numerous WMP languages, including those cited above.
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