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Syntaxe, Morphologie Et Genese De La Forme Dite "Hypothetique" Du Palau

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The so-called "Hypothetical" Form (L.S. Josephs, 1975) is one of the enigmas of the Palauan language. 1) It can be interpreted, syntactically, as a form of the predicate which is not oriented towards one of the participants but towards the process itself; 2) morphologically, a) the subject prefix which characterizes that form is an ancient Possessive Personal Marker (cf. ponapean); b) the change in the verb stem which is the other characteristic of the "H" Form constitutes by itself the mark of the change of orientation (cf. tagalog). Finally the almost omnipresent a morpheme, an other enigma, is derived from an ancient General-Classifier (cf. ponapean language).


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