The Polysynthesis Parameter

Paperback | August 1, 1995

byMark C. Baker

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This book investigates in detail the grammar of polysynthetic languages--those with very complex verbal morphology. Baker argues that polysynthesis is more than an accidental collection of morphological processes; rather, it is a systematic way of representing predicate-argumentrelationships that is parallel to but distinct from the system used in languages like English. Having repercussions for many areas of syntax and related aspects of morphology and semantics, this argument results in a comprehensive picture of the grammar of polysynthetic languages. Baker draws onexamples from Mohawk and certain languages of the American Southwest, Mesoamerica, Australia, and Siberia.

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This book investigates in detail the grammar of polysynthetic languages--those with very complex verbal morphology. Baker argues that polysynthesis is more than an accidental collection of morphological processes; rather, it is a systematic way of representing predicate-argumentrelationships that is parallel to but distinct from the ...

Mark C. Baker is at Rutgers University.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:576 pages, 9.49 × 6.26 × 1.22 inPublished:August 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195093089

ISBN - 13:9780195093087

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