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The Acquisition of Murrinhpatha (Northern Australia)

Bill Forshaw, Lucinda Davidson, Barbara Kelly, Rachel Nordlinger, Gillian Wigglesworth and Joe Blythe.

in The Oxford Handbook of Polysynthesis

September 2017; p ublished online November 2017 .

Article. Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology; Language Acquisition; Language Families. 7355 words.

This chapter reports on initial findings of an ongoing large-scale research project into the acquisition of Murrinhpatha, a polysynthetic language of the Daly River region of the Northern...

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Adyghe (Northwest Caucasian)

Yakov Testelets and Yury A. Lander.

in The Oxford Handbook of Polysynthesis

September 2017; p ublished online November 2017 .

Article. Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology; Language Families. 6073 words.

Adyghe, a polysynthetic language of the West Caucasian family, shows the typological characteristics of ergativity, left-branching word order, and the flexibility of the lexical categories....

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Afro-Asiatic, Semitic: Hebrew

Hagit Borer.

in The Oxford Handbook of Compounding

July 2011; p ublished online September 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Linguistics; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology; Language Families. 6280 words.

This chapter discusses compounding in Hebrew. Section 27.2 reviews constructs and compounds. Section 27.3 shows that there are at least two distinct types of N + N constructs: one, labelled...

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Agreement and Its Placement in Turkic Nonsubject Relative Clauses

Jaklin Kornfilt.

in The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Syntax

October 2008; p ublished online September 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Linguistics; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology; Language Families. 11636 words.

This article examines nonsubject relative clauses (RCs) in Turkic languages. It shows that all three types of nonsubject RCs in Turkish are amenable to a Kayneian derivation, in which the...

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Alignment and orientation in Kartvelian (South Caucasian)

Kevin Tuite.

in The Oxford Handbook of Ergativity

June 2017; p ublished online August 2017 .

Article. Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology; Language Families. 7264 words.

The small Kartvelian family is one of the three endemic language families of the Caucasus. The Kartvelian languages are double marking, with nominal case and two sets of person markers in...

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Anaphora in Dravidian

K. A. Jayaseelan.

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics

P ublished online March 2017 .

Article. Subjects: Language Families; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology. 7074 words.

The Dravidian languages have a long-distance reflexive anaphor taan . (It is taan in Tamil and Malayalam, taanu in Kannada and tanu in Telugu.) As is the case with...

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Araucanian: Mapudungun

Mark C. Baker and Carlos A. Fasola.

in The Oxford Handbook of Compounding

July 2011; p ublished online September 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Linguistics; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology; Language Families. 5749 words.

Mapudungun is the primary member of the small Araucanian family – its greater genetic affiliation is uncertain – and is spoken by some 300,000 Mapuche people in central Chile and adjoining...

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Arawakan: Maipure-Yavitero

Raoul Zamponi.

in The Oxford Handbook of Compounding

July 2011; p ublished online September 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Linguistics; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology; Language Families. 2911 words.

Under the (compound) name Maipure–Yavitero, three languages of northeastern Amazonia, constituting a subgroup of the northern division of the Arawakan (or Maipuran) family, are gathered...

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Argument Realization and Case in Japanese

Hideki Kishimoto.

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics

P ublished online March 2017 .

Article. Subjects: Language Families; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology; Semantics. 8833 words.

Japanese is a language where the grammatical status of arguments and adjuncts is marked exclusively by postnominal case markers, and various argument realization patterns can be assessed by...

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Athapaskan: Slave

Keren Rice.

in The Oxford Handbook of Compounding

July 2011; p ublished online September 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Linguistics; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology; Language Families. 7281 words.

Compounds in the Athapaskan language Slave ([slevi]), also called Dene ([dene]), a language of northern Canada, have a set of properties that raise interesting analytic challenges. One is...

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