On Reconstructing Grammar: Comparative Cariban Morphosyntax

Hardcover | May 1, 1998

bySpike Gildea

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This book shows how to combine grammaticalization theory with the comparative method to reconstruct the grammar of Proto-Languages. To showcase the methodology, seven morphosyntactically distinct verbal systems in the Cariban family--three ergative, three nominative, and one inverse--arereconstructed. Spike Gildea presents detailed data in his reconstruction of Proto-Carib verbal and nominal morphologies. The inverse verbal system reconstructs to Proto-Carib; the other six are innovative, and reconstruct to Proto-Carib nonfinite source-constructions.

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This book shows how to combine grammaticalization theory with the comparative method to reconstruct the grammar of Proto-Languages. To showcase the methodology, seven morphosyntactically distinct verbal systems in the Cariban family--three ergative, three nominative, and one inverse--arereconstructed. Spike Gildea presents detailed dat...

Spike Gildea is at Rice University.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:May 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019510952X

ISBN - 13:9780195109528

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