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Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Robert W. Fried


Kinamayo (Kamayo) is an Austronesian language spoken on the eastern part of the island of Mindanao, Philippines. This thesis presents a grammar sketch of the case system, a preliminary analysis of the voice system, reference phrase structure, and verb tense, modality, and aspect. The theoretical framework used for this analysis is Role and Reference Grammar. Within this framework, Kamayo is best analyzed as a symmetrical voice language in addition to having an antipassive voice. The case system of active and stative verbs observed in Kamayo supports this analysis. Reference phrases are marked by case, which helps identify syntactic arguments and semantic roles in a clause. The verb system consists of tense, aspect, and modal affixes that mark the verb. An aim of this grammar sketch is to provide publicly available data on the Kamayo language and lay a foundation for further grammar analysis of Kamayo.

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