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Linguistic Theory and Complex Words
Nuuchahnulth Word Formation
 
 
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21 Sep 2004
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9781403903488
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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.


Description

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.


Reviews

'...the most complete and detailed picture of the morphology available anywhere, and thus offers much to general typologists...despite the complexity of the subject matter, the prose is consistently clear and the argumentation well reasoned. This book will prove essential to anyone attempting to unravel the many intricacies of word formation in this language. Anyone interested in the topic of polysynthesis cross-linguistically should certainly take stock of the data so expertly accounted for here.' - Edward J. Vajda, Western Washington University, on Linguistlist


Contents

Introduction
Word Structure and Categories
Affixation
Reduplication
Compounding
Templatic Morphology
Level Ordering
Morphosyntax
Conclusion and Implications
Index


Authors

JOHN STONHAM is Reader in Linguistics at the University of Newcastle, where he lectures in Phonetics, Phonology and Morphology. His previous books include Combinatorial Morphology (1994) and Aspects of Tsishaath Nootka Phonetics and Phonology (1999).