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Title: Deixis and Alignment
Subtitle: Inverse systems in indigenous languages of the Americas
Written By: Fernando Zúñiga
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=TSL%2070
Series Title: Typological Studies in Language 70
Description:

This book proposes an notion of inverse that differs from two widespread
positions found in descriptive and typological studies (one of them
restrictive and structure-oriented, the other broad and function-centered).
The third stance put forward here takes both grammar and pragmatic
functions into account, but it also relates the opposition between direct
and inverse verbs and clauses to an opposition between deictic values,
thereby achieving two advantageous goals: it meaningfully circumvents one
of the usual analytic dilemmas, namely whether a given construction is
passive or inverse, and it refines our understanding of the
cross-linguistic typology of inversion. This framework is applied to the
description of the morphosyntax of eleven Amerindian languages (Algonquian:
Plains Cree, Miami-Illinois, Ojibwa; Kutenai; Sahaptian: Sahaptin, Nez
Perce; Kiowa-Tanoan: Arizona Tewa, Picurís, Southern Tiwa, Kiowa;
Mapudungun).

Table of contents

Foreword ix
List of abbreviations xi–xii
Introduction 1–4
I. Alignment and direction 5–28
II. A theory of direction 29–68
III. Algonquian languages 69–128
IV. Kutenai 129–144
V. Sahaptian languages 145–172
VI. Kiowa-Tanoan languages 173–210
VII. Mapudungun 211–244
VIII. Conclusions 245–264
Appendix 1: Algonquian paradigms 265–272
Appendix 2: Analysis of Kiowa personal prefixes 273–274
Appendix 3: Optimality-theoretic syntax of inverses 275–285
References 287–300
Language index 301
Author index 303–305
Subject index 307–309

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
Semantics
Syntax
Typology
Subject Language(s): Mapudungun
Cree, Plains
Kiowa
Kutenai
Miami
Nez Perce
Ojibwa, Western
Tewa
Tiwa, Southern
Umatilla
Language Family(ies): Kiowa Tanoan
Algonquian
Kiowa
Sahaptin
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9789027229823
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 309
Prices: Europe EURO 120.00
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