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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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The sloped world(s) of the Reta language : The expression of elevation in a montane language community. / Willemsen, Jeroen.

I: Journal of Postcolonial linguistics, 2020.

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title = "The sloped world(s) of the Reta language: The expression of elevation in a montane language community",
abstract = "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{\textquoteright} topographical knowledge, any location outside the MESO-level is treated as LOW.",
author = "Jeroen Willemsen",
year = "2020",
language = "English",
journal = "Journal of Postcolonial linguistics",
note = "12th International Austronesian and Papuan Languages and Linguistics Conference, APLL12 ; Conference date: 18-06-2020 Through 20-06-2020",
url = "https://www.hf.uio.no/iln/forskning/aktuelt/arrangementer/konferanser/2020/APLL12/",

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T1 - The sloped world(s) of the Reta language

T2 - 12th International Austronesian and Papuan Languages and Linguistics Conference

AU - Willemsen, Jeroen

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N2 - 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.

AB - 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.

M3 - Journal article

JO - Journal of Postcolonial linguistics

JF - Journal of Postcolonial linguistics

Y2 - 18 June 2020 through 20 June 2020

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