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The Acquisition of Murrinhpatha (Northern Australia)  

Bill Forshaw, Lucinda Davidson, Barbara Kelly, Rachel Nordlinger, Gillian Wigglesworth, and Joe Blythe

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Sep 2017
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Nov 2017
This chapter reports on initial findings of an ongoing large-scale research project into the acquisition of Murrinhpatha, a polysynthetic language of the Daly River region of the Northern ... More

Adyghe (Northwest Caucasian)  

Yakov Testelets and Yury A. Lander

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Sep 2017
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Nov 2017
Adyghe, a polysynthetic language of the West Caucasian family, shows the typological characteristics of ergativity, left-branching word order, and the flexibility of the lexical ... More

Afro-Asiatic, Semitic: Hebrew  

Hagit Borer

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Jul 2011
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Sep 2012
This chapter discusses compounding in Hebrew. Section 27.2 reviews constructs and compounds. Section 27.3 shows that there are at least two distinct types of N + N constructs: one, ... More

Agreement and Its Placement in Turkic Nonsubject Relative Clauses  

Jaklin Kornfilt

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Oct 2008
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Sep 2012
This article examines nonsubject relative clauses (RCs) in Turkic languages. It shows that all three types of nonsubject RCs in Turkish are amenable to a Kayneian derivation, in which the ... More

Alignment and orientation in Kartvelian (South Caucasian)  

Kevin Tuite

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Jun 2017
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Aug 2017
The small Kartvelian family is one of the three endemic language families of the Caucasus. The Kartvelian languages are double marking, with nominal case and two sets of person markers in ... More

Araucanian: Mapudungun  

Mark C. Baker and Carlos A. Fasola

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Jul 2011
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Sep 2012
Mapudungun is the primary member of the small Araucanian family – its greater genetic affiliation is uncertain – and is spoken by some 300,000 Mapuche people in central Chile and adjoining ... More

Arawakan: Maipure-Yavitero  

Raoul Zamponi

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Jul 2011
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Sep 2012
Under the (compound) name Maipure–Yavitero, three languages of northeastern Amazonia, constituting a subgroup of the northern division of the Arawakan (or Maipuran) family, are gathered ... More

Athapaskan: Slave  

Keren Rice

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Jul 2011
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Sep 2012
Compounds in the Athapaskan language Slave ([slevi]), also called Dene ([dene]), a language of northern Canada, have a set of properties that raise interesting analytic challenges. One is ... More

CADDO  

Wallace Chafe

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Sep 2017
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Nov 2017
Caddo is a member of the Caddoan language family, which includes also Wichita, Kitsai, Pawnee, and Arikara. Its verbs are typically polysynthetic, with a base composed of a variety of ... More

Case in a Topic-Prominent Language: Pragmatic and Syntactic Functions of Cases in Japanese  

Akio Ogawa

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Nov 2008
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Sep 2012
Discussions about topic-prominent language verus subject-prominent language are old but still of current interest. According to the now classic work of Li and Thompson (1976), ... More

Case in an Australian Language: Distribution of Case and Multiple Case Marking in Nyamal  

Alan Dench

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Nov 2008
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Sep 2012
Nyamal is an Australian language of the Pama-Nyungan family, originally spoken in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. In Nyamal, as in many Australian languages, nominal suffixes ... More

Case in an Austronesian Language: Distinguishing Case Functions in Tukang Besi  

Mark Donohue

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Nov 2008
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Sep 2012
The ‘classic’ paradigm of case marking assumes a unique and (pragmatically, semantically, or syntactically) coherent meaning for each phonologically distinct case. A different set of ... More

Case in Yukaghir Languages  

Elena Maslova

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Nov 2008
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Sep 2012
This article describes case marking of core arguments in two extant Yukaghir languages, the Tundra Yukaghir language spoken in the Lower-Kolyma region of Saha (Russia) and the Kolyma ... More

Case Marking in Daghestanian: Limits of Elaboration  

Michael Daniel and Dmitry Ganenkov

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Nov 2008
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Sep 2012
This article provides an overview of case systems in Daghestanian languages. First, it describes classification of the Nakh-Daghestanian, of which Daghestanian is a regional subset (rather ... More

Case Relations in Tlaanec, a Head-Marking Language  

Søren Wichmann

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Nov 2008
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Sep 2012
Tlapanec is a head-marking language, in which case relations are marked by verbal suffixes. Four types of relations are marked in this way. Three of these bear many resemblances to ... More

‘Case Relations’ in Lao, A Radically Isolating Language  

N.J. Enfield

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Nov 2008
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Sep 2012
This article examines data from Lao, a radically isolating Southwestern Tai language spoken in Laos, Thailand, and Cambodia, and asks how speakers of such a language might cope without ... More

Casein an African Language: Ik-how Defective a Case Can Be  

Christa König

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Nov 2008
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Sep 2012
Africa is known for being a continent where there are not so many languages with a grammaticalised case system. In East Africa, there is one language which is quite exceptional. Not only ... More

The Celtic Languages  

Maggie Tallerman

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Oct 2008
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Sep 2012
This article examines the syntactic patterns in Celtic languages. It discusses the existence of what is often termed I-SVO order (where I indicates the inflected element), which has been ... More

Central Alaskan Yupik (Eskimo-Aleut): A sketch of morphologically orthodox polysynthesis  

Anthony Woodbury

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Sep 2017
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Nov 2017
This is a sketch of polysynthesis in Central Alaskan Yupik (CAY) based on the Cup’ik dialect of Chevak, Alaska. CAY has well-defined words whose content is often holophrastic and whose ... More

Classifiers and DP Structure in Southeast Asia  

Andrew Simpson

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Oct 2008
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Sep 2012
This article examines the variations in determiner phrase (DP) and classifiers in Southeast Asian languages. It describes the internal structure of DP and addresses the specific problem of ... More

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