Endoclitics and the Origins of Udi Morphosyntax

Hardcover | February 1, 2002

byAlice C. Harris

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Endoclitics and the Origins of Udi Morphosyntax provides a synchronic description and analysis of a phenomenon that appears to be unique among languages that have been brought to the attention of linguists, namely the occurrence of endoclitics. Alice Harris demonstrates that syntactic rulesmust have access to the internal structure of the word.The early chapters of the book show that the morphemes at issue are clitics (as opposed to affixes), that the items inside which they may occur are words (as opposed to phrases), and that the clitics occur inside these words under specifiable conditions. The second part of the book describes how Udicame to be so different from other languages, and in doing so explains the origins of the phenomenon explored in the first part.The book will appeal to theoretical linguists, especially those interested in the interface between syntax and morphology. It will also be of considerable interest to historical linguists and students of Caucasian languages.

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Endoclitics and the Origins of Udi Morphosyntax provides a synchronic description and analysis of a phenomenon that appears to be unique among languages that have been brought to the attention of linguists, namely the occurrence of endoclitics. Alice Harris demonstrates that syntactic rulesmust have access to the internal structure of ...

Alice C. Harris received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from Harvard University in 1976 and is Professor of Linguistics (since 1991), Professor of Anthropology (since 1992), and Chair of the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages at Vanderbilt University. She is author, co-author, or editor of four books and numerous articles in the fi...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:316 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.85 inPublished:February 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part I: The Problem1. The Problem and the ApproachPart II: Endoclitics in Udi2. Introduction to the Synchrony: Sketch of Some Grammatical Phenomena3. Focus4. Complex Verbs5. Clitic Properties6. The Position of Clitics in Udi7. An Optimality Theory ApproachPart III: The Explanation8. Introduction to the Diachrony: Origins of Udi Morphosyntax9. Development of the Udi Verb out of its Proto-Lezgian Sources10. Focus Clefts and the Origins of Focus in Udi11. Changes in Case-Marking Patterns12. Explaining the Origins of the Person Marker Positions