A Preliminary Investigation of Yilan Creole in Taiwan: Discussing predicate position in Yilan Creole Open Access
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University of Alberta
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Ono,Tsuyoshi (East Asian Studies)
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Lin, Jenn-Shann (East Asian Studies)
Nedashkivska, Alla (Modern Language and Culture Studies)
Ono, Tsuyoshi (East Asian Studies)
Department of East Asian Studies
Japanese Language and Linguistics
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Master of Arts
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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.
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