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The sloped world(s) of the Reta language: The expression of elevation in a montane language community

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Reta, a Papuan language spoken in Eastern Indonesia, has lexicalised the expression of elevation in both a set of motion verbs and a large set of spatially marked demonstratives. Its system of elevational marking fits the concept of a semplate (Levinson & Burenhult 2009), as the notion of a slope is reflected in unrelated sets of lexemes: both demonstratives and motion verbs are subject to a three-way distinction between LOW, LEVEL and HIGH. The slope as a semplate is not restricted to the immediate environment Reta is spoken in, but is reflected in the grammar on three different levels. On the MICRO-level, represented by the slope on which Reta is spoken, elevation is calculated based on an axis running from the summit to the seaside. On the MESO-level, roughly represented by the Alor Archipelago, elevation is calculated based on cardinal orientation. On the MACRO-level, represented by the unknown world beyond speakers’ topographical knowledge, any location outside the MESO-level is treated as LOW.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftJournal of Postcolonial linguistics
StatusAccepteret/In press - 2020
Begivenhed12th International Austronesian and Papuan Languages and Linguistics Conference - University of Oslo, Oslo, Norge
Varighed: 18 jun. 202020 jun. 2020
https://www.hf.uio.no/iln/forskning/aktuelt/arrangementer/konferanser/2020/APLL12/

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Konference12th International Austronesian and Papuan Languages and Linguistics Conference
LokationUniversity of Oslo
LandNorge
ByOslo
Periode18/06/202020/06/2020
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