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By Stacy Fang-Ching Teng

The Puyuma humans dwell in southeastern Taiwan in Taitung urban and Peinan Township in Taitung County . There are nonetheless fourteen extant Formosan (Austronesian) languages in Taiwan , yet merely 13 indigenous teams are formally recognized through the Taiwanese executive. the current research investigates the Nanwang dialect of the Puyuma language, spoken by way of the folks in Nanwang and Paoshang Suburbs of Taitung urban in southern Taiwan .The target of this grammar is to explain the phonology and morphosyntax of Puyuma. The paintings is descriptive in nature, and the theoretical framework hired is easy Linguistic concept (BLT), following Dixon (1994, 1997) and Dryer (2006). BLT emphasis es the necessity to describe each one language in its personal phrases, instead of impos ing on it suggestions derived from different languages . therefore, during this learn, the writer abandons conventional phrases utilized by linguists learning Philippine-type languages, reminiscent of 'agent focus', 'patient focus', 'locative focus', or 'instrumental focus', and replaces them with the phrases like 'transitive' and 'intransitive' which are extra frequent to many of the world's linguists.

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1997a ; 1997b; 1999), and Zeitoun et al. (1999). 12 A Reference Grammar of Puyuma The second stage was from 2001 until now. During this period, I took two three-month field trips and several shorter trips to Nanwang. I stayed with a Puyuma family, and attended a Mandarin-Puyuma bilingual church. The family are well-known for their efforts to preserve Puyuma culture. They run a traditional dancing group, and almost every day, they have people of different ages coming to practice traditional dancing.

A root-plus-affix combination) to form morphologically complex words. Puyuma affixes are classified on formal grounds into prefixes, suffixes, infixes and circumfixes.

Ba’ar ‘roundworm’). The word Lita’ ‘mud’ has a final glottal stop, but ama ‘father’ does not. I still consider it as a phoneme, for morphophonemic reasons. 1). The contexts for their distribution can be stated as follows: ! m- / __ [-consonantal] ! me- / __ [+sonorant] ! / elsewhere5 Thus, if the verb begins with a glottal stop and we did not consider the glottal stop as a phoneme, we will have an incorrect derivation. Take ’etim “to stew” as an example. We will derive its intransitive/actor voice form wrongly as *m-etim instead of the correct form ’etim.

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