The Monosyllabic Root -ao in Mindanao Languages

Paredes, FT and Paredes, Sheila (2017) The Monosyllabic Root -ao in Mindanao Languages. Discussion Paper. UNSPECIFIED. (Submitted)


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In Philippine languages (PL), lexical roots1 consist of two or more syllables. Single- syllable lexical root words are rare. On the other hand, monosyllabic roots are not uncommon in PL. A monosyllabic root is a ̳submorphemic‘ element; it has no independent morpheme status in that it and its host form a single morpheme. An example is the sequence -ing- in the Tagalog root hinga, which conveys the meaning of the passage of air in the vocal tract. It is technically not a morpheme, since its host, h- ...-a, is not itself a morpheme; it is the whole word that is a morpheme. In this paper, we list down words, mostly from Mindanao languages, containing the monosyllabic root -ao (also written as -aw). These words have meanings related to water—watery areas or activities done with water. To people of archipelagic nations like Mindanoans, water -ao is life. Keywords: -ao, Water, Monosyllabic Root, Mindanao

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Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2017 11:51
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