Left-dislocation in Western Subanon

A. L. Blake
Volume
51
Issue
NA

Date of publication:

December 31, 2020

Pages
-
30
54

Left-dislocations in Western Subanon, an under-described language of the Philippines, are examined in this paper. Left-dislocation is demonstrated to be comprised of a clause-external pre-predicate NP which is co-referential with an argument in the main clause. Syntactically, Western Subanon left-dislocations are analyzed to be H-type (traditionally known as Hanging Topic) (López, 2014/2016). Furthermore, left-dislocation is evidenced to have several sub-functions within the main function of topicalization in this verb-initial language. In line with Payne’s (1995) analysis for Austronesian languages in general, I find that the Structure Building Framework of Gernsbacher (1990) and Gernsbacher and Hargreaves (1992) explains cognitive motivations for the placement of an NP in pre-predicate position in Western Subanon left-dislocations.