On the Encoding of the Definite/Indefinite Distinction in Karitiana

  • Ana Müller

Abstract

This article discusses the role of noun phrases in Karitiana, especially in terms of the possibility that these phrases may express definiteness and indefiniteness in the language. As they are nominals without any overt functional morphemes, our claim is that they do not encode definiteness or indefiniteness in the language. Our claim is that the NPs in Karitiana only have the function of introducing a predicate and a variable in the logical form of a sentence, and that readings related to definiteness and indefiniteness are provided by the morphosyntactic or context in which the nominal phrase is used.
How to Cite
Müller, A. (1). On the Encoding of the Definite/Indefinite Distinction in Karitiana. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 15, 435-450. Retrieved from https://ojs.ub.uni-konstanz.de/sub/index.php/sub/article/view/391