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Subject/Keyword
Creoles
predicate position
Atayal
Taiwan
Japanese
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Qiu,Peng
Supervisor and department
Ono,Tsuyoshi (East Asian Studies)
Examining committee member and department
Lin, Jenn-Shann (East Asian Studies)
Nedashkivska, Alla (Modern Language and Culture Studies)
Ono, Tsuyoshi (East Asian Studies)
Department
Department of East Asian Studies
Specialization
Japanese Language and Linguistics
Date accepted
2015-02-13T14:28:54Z
Graduation date
2015-06
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
Yilan Creole is a Japanese-based creole with features from an Austronesian language, Atayal, spoken in Yilan County, Taiwan. It was recognized by Chien and Sanada in 2006 (Chien & Sanada, 2010a), but much is still unknown about the language. Yilan Creole possesses many linguistic features of the Japanese language, yet it is still incomprehensible to either Japanese or Atayal native speakers. My thesis is based on elicitations and recordings of actual speech from the fieldwork that I did in Yilan County during the months of July of 2013, January and February of 2014. It consists of three chapters. Chapter one focuses on the social and historical perspectives of Yilan Creole. Chapter two presents a grammatical sketch of Yilan Creole, focusing on sound system, lexicon, morphology and syntax. Chapter three analyzes the various predicate positions found in Yilan Creole, a mostly predicate final order language similar to that of Japanese (Sanada & Chien, 2008a, p.72). Interestingly, the Yilan Creole also features other types of predicates in medial positions found in the examples of the clauses that contain the verbs mietala ‘look like’ and aru ‘have’. The examples of the sentences that contain object clauses as the main clause verbs are in the medial position but the object clause predicates are still in the final position.
Language
English
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doi:10.7939/R3930P347
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