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Strong linearity and the typology of templates
The term template is commonly employed in linguistic description and analysis when salient aspects of the linear arrangement of the subconstituents of some larger constituent appear to be specified independently ...
When arguments become adjuncts: Split configurationality in Leggbó
(Chicago Linguistic Society, 2007)
Leggbó is an Upper Cross language of the Niger-Congo family spoken by about 60,000 people in southeastern Nigeria. In affirmative sentences, it shows SVO word order, but in negative sentences, it shows SOV order. ...
The ecology of documentary and descriptive linguistics
This paper will propose a model of the “ecology” of documentary and descriptive linguistic research. I use the term ecology, here, as a designation for the set of individuals, resources, tools, and actions that are ...
Slouching towards deponency: A family of mismatches in the Bantu verb stem
(Oxford University, 2007)
Most Bantu languages have a set of highly productive verbal derivational suffixes which alter the argument structure and semantics of basic verb roots. One example of such a suffix is the Causative, which gives a verb ...