Jonathan W Weiss (author), Steve Nicolle (thesis supervisor), Sean Allison (second reader), Lotta Aunio (third reader), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
The present study is the first formal description of Pimbwe, a Bantu language (in the M.11 group) spoken in western Tanzania. After situating the Pimbwe language within the wider linguistic context, I describe Pimbwe phonology, tone, and grammar, with particular emphasis on the structure of the verb. Finally, natural language use in extended discourse is described based on two running commentaries of the Pear Story film.
Rachel E. Aubrey (author), Steven E. Runge (thesis supervisor), David J. Sigrist (second reader), Richard A. Rhodes (third reader), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
This thesis advocates a semantic approach to Hellenistic Greek middle voice, endeavoring to capture a variety of middle expressions and their internal semantic relations. Various event types that receive middle expression in Greek form a continuum; they adopt the scale of semantic transitivity as a conceptual foundation for middle phenomena, among middle systems cross-linguistically and in Ancient Greek (Kemmer 1993). Historical traditions in voice analysis point to syntactic relationships, with alternations framed as choices in clausal subject. Such narrow definitions do not capture the semantic behavior of the Greek middle. Neglecting differences in semantic event structure overlooks fundamental aspects of the Greek voice system. The present analysis describes Greek voice in terms of meaning-oriented distinctions in event structure, as they pertain to shifts in both the type of action and attentional focus regarding facets of an event frame, engaging semantic and pragmatic motivations in voice (Langacker 2006, Shibatani 2006).