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date: 07 December 2019

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This article examines the relevance of grammaticalisation for explaining the kinds of structures which occur in languages and why. It focuses on the Navajo language, a language notorious for theoretical puzzles. The analysis reveals that though similarities between syntactic and morphological structure have been observed in many languages, the resemblances are not evidence that the two are the same. The result also suggests that while the relations between semantic scope and particular morpheme orders are certainly observable cross-linguistically, this does not mean that speakers order their morphemes online by scope.

Keywords: grammaticalisation, structures, Navajo language, theoretical puzzles, syntactic structure, morphological structure, semantic scope, morpheme orders

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