This paper discusses Lichtenberk’s notion of inclusory constructions as manifested in two closely related East Polynesian languages of the realm of New Zealand: New Zealand Māori and Cook Islands Māori. Both languages have productive inclusory constructions typically used to denote sets of human referents. Inclusory constructions in both languages are formally identical and fit Lichenberk’s typology well. The two languages differ in their preference for using this construction, which is strongly preferred in New Zealand Māori but merely possible in Cook Islands Māori.

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