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In Abui, final verbs are typically fully inflected, medial verbs lack inflection. While verbs in many TNG languages typically carry subject suffixes, Abui lacks such subject suffixes. Instead, pronominal prefixes co-indexing undergoers are found, which are common in many Papuan languages (cf. Foley, 2000:378). Abui roots display a high degree of categorial indeterminacy. It contrasts with the typical situation in Papuan languages which make a sharp distinction between nouns and verbs, and in this respect Abui sides with Austronesian languages that commonly display a high degree of categorial indeterminacy (cf.

H. a ~ e ~ a ~ ai ~ ei ~ ui ~ ei ~ ei ~ III. many few many many two many alternation of the rime i iei (i)ei aai i i ai iei~ aai many one three several one one three one VERB PHRASES. In (13), the verb phrase template is given. The template contains two argument slots that may be filled with pronominal prefixes expressing the U arguments INTRODUCTION 17 (the A argument is not expressed inside the VP). The template contains three slots for aspect. 3 Many Abui verbs occur with one or two arguments.

D. e. f. k ~t k ~p ng~ n l ~r ∅ ~ r/t i ~ f/b/h/t a. b. c. d. e. f. g. h. a ~ e ~ a ~ ai ~ ei ~ ui ~ ei ~ ei ~ III. many few many many two many alternation of the rime i iei (i)ei aai i i ai iei~ aai many one three several one one three one VERB PHRASES. In (13), the verb phrase template is given. The template contains two argument slots that may be filled with pronominal prefixes expressing the U arguments INTRODUCTION 17 (the A argument is not expressed inside the VP). The template contains three slots for aspect.

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