My research focuses (in part) on the question to what extent morphological generalizations can be accounted for in terms of purely syntactic operations and conditions. In this talk I will present a case study and reanalysis of the morpheme orders in Huave (San Francisco del Mar), a language isolate spoken in Oaxaca. Its variable morpheme order has been argued in various papers by Yuni Kim (2008, 2010, 2015) to be driven by the phonology. I will show that a syntactic analysis is not only required, but also feasible, thus providing support for the morphology-as-syntax approach.
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Syntax Seminar w Hilda Koopman: A case study of Huave morphology-as-syntax
January 5 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm