Doris L. Payne

List of John Benjamins publications for which Doris L. Payne plays a role.

Book series



Beyond Aspect: The expression of discourse functions in African languages

Edited by Doris L. Payne and Shahar Shirtz

[Typological Studies in Language, 109] 2015. vii, 321 pp.
Subjects Discourse studies | Semantics | Syntax | Theoretical linguistics | Typology

External Possession

Edited by Doris L. Payne and Immanuel Barshi

[Typological Studies in Language, 39] 1999. ix, 573 pp.
Subjects Historical linguistics | Syntax | Typology

Pragmatics of Word Order Flexibility

Edited by Doris L. Payne

[Typological Studies in Language, 22] 1992. viii, 320 pp.
Subjects Discourse studies | Pragmatics | Syntax | Theoretical linguistics | Typology


Payne, Doris L. 2021 Chapter 14. The profile and development of the Maa (Eastern Nilotic) antipassiveAntipassive: Typology, diachrony, and related constructions, Janic, Katarzyna and Alena Witzlack-Makarevich (eds.), pp. 447–480
Maa (Eastern Nilotic) language varieties have nominative/accusative syntactic patterns, but also an antipassive construction marked by the verb suffix -ɪshɔ(r). This suffix turns an otherwise transitive construction into an intransitive one that can no longer express the P. Semantically the… read more | Chapter
Vidal, Alejandra and Doris L. Payne 2021 Chapter 11. Polyfunctional vanka- in Nivaĉle and the antipassive categoryAntipassive: Typology, diachrony, and related constructions, Janic, Katarzyna and Alena Witzlack-Makarevich (eds.), pp. 349–382
Nivaĉle (Mataguayan) is a non-ergative language of Argentina and Paraguay. It has a voice/valency mechanism that resembles an antipassive. Stell (1989: 310) refers to vanka- as an intransitive marker. Fabre (2015, 2016) glosses vanka- as ‘antipassive’ but does not provide an in-depth analysis. We… read more | Chapter
Maa (sometimes referred to as Maasai) discourse and syntax largely require determined phrases. NP is not a robust construction in Maa, partly because ‘noun’ is not highly distinguished morphosyntactically from ‘adjective.’ Either can be a syntactic argument just if preceded by a determiner; ‘ablity… read more | Chapter
Payne, Doris L., Alejandra Vidal and Manuel A. Otero 2018 Chapter 10. Locative, existential and possessive predication in the Chaco: Nivaĉle (Mataguayan) and Pilagá (Guaykuruan)Nonverbal Predication in Amazonian Languages, Overall, Simon E., Rosa Vallejos and Spike Gildea (eds.), pp. 263–294
Nivaĉle (Mataguayan) and Pilagá (Guaykuruan) languages, which geographically overlap in the Argentinian Chaco region of South America, present evidence challenging the often repeated claim that locative predications universally underlie possession predications (Lyons 1967; Jackendoff 1983;… read more | Chapter
Griscom, Richard and Doris L. Payne 2017 Chapter 9. Non-uniform syllable weight in Southern Kenyan Maa (Maasai)Syllable Weight in African Languages, Newman, Paul (ed.), pp. 143–160
Payne, Doris L. 2015 Aspect and thematic clause combining in Maa (Nilotic)Beyond Aspect: The expression of discourse functions in African languages, Payne, Doris L. and Shahar Shirtz (eds.), pp. 23–52
The Maa (Maasai, Eastern Nilotic) n[HL]- verb prefix has been called a “Narrative tense” or a “Narrative” morpheme. Rigorous discourse study shows that though it can occur on sequential semantically perfective main events, it is not limited to marking narrative events. Overall it marks high… read more | Article
Shirtz, Shahar and Doris L. Payne 2015 Discourse structuring and typology: How strong is the link with aspect?Beyond Aspect: The expression of discourse functions in African languages, Payne, Doris L. and Shahar Shirtz (eds.), pp. 1–22
Payne, Doris L. 2013 The challenge of Maa ‘Away’Functional-Historical Approaches to Explanation: In honor of Scott DeLancey, Thornes, Tim, Erik Andvik, Gwendolyn Hyslop and Joana Jansen (eds.), pp. 259–282
All branches of Eastern Nilotic have directionals. The Maa (Maasai) away morpheme has a range of functions, including motion away, direction away, distributive action or situation, continuous aspect, a possible plurality function, an applicative-like function, and with some verbs a valence… read more | Article
Payne, Doris L. 2011 The Maa (Eastern Nilotic) Impersonal constructionImpersonal Constructions: A cross-linguistic perspective, Malchukov, Andrej L. and Anna Siewierska (eds.), pp. 255–284
The Maa (Maasai) Impersonal construction occurs with intransitive, (di)transitive, active and stative verb stems. It implies either no agent or at most unspecified non- referential “people” as a possible agent. Likely because of the possible implication of “people”, it has not been found with… read more | Article
Payne, Doris L. 1999 What Counts as Explanation? A functionalist approach to word orderFunctionalism and Formalism in Linguistics: Volume I: General papers, Darnell, Michael, Edith A. Moravcsik, Michael Noonan, Frederick J. Newmeyer and Kathleen Wheatley (eds.), pp. 137 ff.
Payne, Doris L. and Immanuel Barshi 1999 External Possession: What, Where, How, and WhyExternal Possession, Payne, Doris L. and Immanuel Barshi (eds.), pp. 3 ff.
Payne, Doris L. 1997 The Maasai External Possessor ConstructionEssays on Language Function and Language Type: Dedicated to T. Givón, Bybee, Joan L., John Haiman and Sandra A. Thompson (eds.), pp. 395 ff.
Payne, Doris L. 1995 Verb initial languages and information orderWord Order in Discourse, Downing, Pamela A. and Michael Noonan (eds.), pp. 449–485
Payne, Doris L. 1994 The Tupí-Guaraní InverseVoice: Form and Function, Fox, Barbara A. and Paul J. Hopper (eds.), pp. 313 ff.
Payne, Doris L., Mitsuyo Hamaya and Peter Jacobs 1994 Active, inverse and passive in MaasaiVoice and Inversion, Givón, T. (ed.), pp. 283 ff.
Payne, Doris L. 1992 IntroductionPragmatics of Word Order Flexibility, Payne, Doris L. (ed.), pp. 1 ff.