Coordination, coherence and A’ingae clause linkage
AbstractThis paper examines a particular type of clause linkage (‘bridging’) in A’ingae, an en-
dangered isolate spoken in Amazonian Ecuador and Colombia.We propose a formal
characterization of its meaning (to our knowledge the first formal account for any language)
that relies crucially on two SDRT coherence relations: NARRATION and BACKGROUND.
We motivate this characterization with textual data and elicited data from context-relative
felicity judgments, and propose to derive it from independently observable facts about
prosody, coordination, and anaphora in the language