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On Reconstructing Grammar : Comparative Cariban Morphosyntax - Spike Gildea

On Reconstructing Grammar

Comparative Cariban Morphosyntax

Hardcover Published: 1st May 1998
ISBN: 9780195109528
Number Of Pages: 300

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This text has two goals: first to argue that grammaticalization theory has advanced to the point that it can be used with the comparative method to reconstruct the grammar of Proto-Languages; and second to give a detailed case study of this methodology in examining the typologically interesting Cariban language family in South America - a group of languages which linguists claim have a technically impossible syntactic structure. His conclusions answer long-standing questions about the historical reconstruction of grammar and will interest linguists working on South American languages as well as on grammaticalization, and linguists working in the descriptive or functional traditions.

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
An Overview of the Cariban Language Familyp. 3
the Problem: Different Modern Verbal Systems and Their Synchronic Distributionp. 15
How to Identify Innovative Grammatical Constructionsp. 31
Set I as Conservative and the Rest as Innovativep. 45
The Proto-Carib Verbal and Nominal Systemsp. 55
Set I as the Proto-Carib Main Clause Verbal Systemp. 57
The Morphosyntax of Possession in Proto-Caribp. 104
The Morphosyntax of Proto-Carib Nominalizationsp. 119
Other Proto-Carib Deverbal Formsp. 134
Reconstructing the Innovative Verbal Systemsp. 153
The Full Set II Verbal System (ergative)p. 161
The Partial Set II Verbal System (ergative/Nominative)p. 183
The De-Ergative Verbal System (nominative)p. 190
The Progressive Verbal System (nominative)p. 197
The &U2605t-V-Ce Verbal System (ergative)p. 218
The &U2605t-V-Ce-M&U0268"" Verbal System (nominative)p. 233
Concluding Remarksp. 237
Reanalysis, Typology, Classification, and Fieldworkp. 239
Notesp. 253
Referencesp. 269
Indexp. 281
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ISBN: 9780195109528
ISBN-10: 019510952X
Series: Oxford Studies in Anthropological Linguistics
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 1st May 1998
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.0  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.63