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Morpheme Order and Semantic Scope : Word Formation in the Athapaskan Verb - Keren Rice

Morpheme Order and Semantic Scope

Word Formation in the Athapaskan Verb

Hardcover Published: 18th May 2000
ISBN: 9780521583541
Number Of Pages: 468

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Athapaskan languages are of great linguistic interest due to their intricate morphology. In this clear and insightful book, Keren Rice offers a rich survey of morpheme ordering in Athapaskan verbs, with implications for both synchronic grammar and language change. She argues that verb structure is predictable across Athapaskan languages if certain abstract aspects of meaning are considered. This is the first major comparative study of its type for Athapaskan languages, combining descriptive depth with a contemporary theoretical perspective.

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'This book treats virtually all of the important matters pertaining to the grammatical features of the Athapaskan verb word, in depth for an impressive number of individual languages and in sumptuous comparative detail for languages representative of the family as a whole ...The book contains at least a dozen detailed and interesting discussions of the ordering of elements in the Athapaskan verb word. It contains much more than this, however. New analyses of many aspects of the Athapaskan verb are developed. These are consistently of great value and full of the insight and scholarship we have come to expect from this fine linguist and Athapaskanist ... Rice's book is a treasure. Though it is organized around the theme of morpheme order, it is a rich source of both problems and solutions in Athapaskan linguistics generally and deserves to be considered a classic in the field.' Ken Hale, Diachronica

Introduction: beginning the journey
First Steps
Introducing the problem
Global uniformity and local variability: a possible account
The Lexical Terms
First stop: introducing the lexical items
A brief side trip: the position of the verb stem
Ordering of the lexical items
Summary: lexical items
The Functional Items
An Introduction to the functional elements
The aspect system
Qualifiers and their ordering
On the ordering of functional items
A View of the Lexicon
The scopal hypothesis and simplifying the lexicon
Evidence from the lexicon
The End of the Journey
Looking back, looking ahead
Templates and affix ordering
The languages
Summary of constraints and language differences
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ISBN: 9780521583541
ISBN-10: 0521583543
Series: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 468
Published: 18th May 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.86