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Semantic role to new information in Meithei

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Abstract

The patient, associative, locative and agent semantic role markers in Meithei (Tibeto-Burman, Northeast India) each exhibit a homophonous enclitic, a morpheme which indicates information as new or surprising from the speaker’s perspective. It is argued that the system wide homophony is due to the metonymic extension of semantic role markers and semantic change through “Subjectification” (Traugott 1989).

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