On the morphosyntax of indigenous languages of the Americas

Zúñiga, Fernando (2017). On the morphosyntax of indigenous languages of the Americas. International journal of American linguistics, 83(1), pp. 111-139. University of Chicago Press 10.1086/689548

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Boas (1917) mentioned several phenomena found in the morphosyntax of Amerindian languages (including nominal incorporation and lexical affixation) that posed challenges to accepted views of synchronic and typological issues raised by genealogical relatedness and areal convergence on the continent, morpheme classes like roots, stems, and affixes in languages in general, and whether the fundamental unit of human speech is the word or the sentence. A century later, and despite the increased amount of data available and a substantial amount of theorizing on morphosyntactic issues, these challenges have proved considerably recalcitrant. Framed in terms of morpheme types, word domains, and word classes, this article surveys the progress since Boas’s introductory paper and examines open questions in the study of the morphosyntax of indigenous languages of the Americas.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of Linguistics

UniBE Contributor:

Zúñiga, Fernando

Subjects:

400 Language > 410 Linguistics
400 Language > 490 Other languages

ISSN:

0020-7071

Publisher:

University of Chicago Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Fernando Zúñiga

Date Deposited:

04 Jan 2017 09:12

Last Modified:

25 Jun 2019 14:10

Publisher DOI:

10.1086/689548

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.92248

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/92248

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