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Linguistic Theory and Complex Words

Nuuchahnulth Word Formation

Linguistic Theory and Complex Words by John Stonham
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John Stonham introduces new data from the morphology of the Nuuchahnulth language of Vancouver Island, Canada. It is the first such study of any language within the Wakashan family and will prove an important tool for researchers in Native American languages and to theoretical linguists interested in the numerous complex morphological phenomena encountered in this language family. Notorious for its extremely complex morphological structure, Nuuchahnulth provides instances of a number of important theoretical issues which have arisen recently in morphological theory. These include (i) the nature and extent of incorporation, and specifically a wide range of types of incorporation-like properties; (ii) reduplication, including affix-triggered reduplication and the challenge which double reduplications in Nuuchahnulth pose for constraint-based approaches such as Optimality Theory; (iii) templatic morphological structures, utilized in a number of areas of Nuuchahnulth grammar and involving a number of patterns; and (iv) the issue of the status of the word itself, a long-standing debate in the linguistic literature.
Palgrave Macmillan; September 2004
320 pages; ISBN 9780230505551
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Title: Linguistic Theory and Complex Words
Author: John Stonham