Title

Lexical affixes, incorporation, and conflation: The case of Coeur d’Alene.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2011

Publication Source

Studia Linguistica

Volume

65

Issue

1

Inclusive pages

1-32

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

This paper presents a formal account of lexical affixes in Coeur d’Alene (Salish/Idaho USA). Lexical Affixes comprise a closed class of bound morphemes which productively add semantic content to the predicate in the Salishan family of languages, among others. It is argued that Lexical Affixes are arguments that incorporate syntactically (Baker 1988) along the lines of Harley (2004) who argues for aConflation (Hale & Keyser 2002) analysis of compounding in English. Further, it is argued that a Conflation account of incorporation is preferable to that proposed by Baker, Aranovich, and Golluscio (2004), in which a great number of theoretical mechanisms are proposed. The Conflation analysis proposed here accounts for the same phenomena with far fewer theoretical mechanisms.

Disciplines

English Language and Literature | Linguistics | Morphology | Syntax

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