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date: 24 June 2021

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This chapter addresses derivation mechanisms in the Uto-Aztecan (UA) language family through examination of specific derivational mechanisms in Choguita Rarámuri (CR; Tarahumara). CR, a Taracahitan language spoken in northern Mexico, is an agglutinating language with derivational morphological processes that are well represented across UA. Three derivational processes are described: (i) instrumental prefixes, (ii) denominal verbalizing morphology, and (iii) argument structure changing derivation. This chapter provides a general characterization of the semantic functions and morphological expression of these processes, and discussion of the more general theoretical and typological issues that the descriptive facts raise. These issues concern the nature of recursivity of derivational morphology, proposed general principles of affix order, as well as the intricacies of the morphophonological processes involved in marking these processes.

Keywords: Uto-Aztecan, Taracahitan, instrumental prefixes, denominal morphology, argument structure, affix order

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