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Object and Absolutive in Halkomelem Salish

ISBN 9781138994560
Published May 20, 2016 by Routledge
296 Pages

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Book Description

This book treats aspects of the syntax of Halkomelem, a Salish language spoken in southwestern British Columbia, specifically those constructions which involve objects, and seeks to accomplish two goals. First, it provides natural language fodder for the debate concerning the nature of grammatical relations and their place in syntactic theory. Second, by showing that Halkomelem draws from a familiar class of universal constructions and organizes its syntax around some simple and common parameters, the author has brought the Salish languages, which due to their phonological and morphological complexity seemed particularly fearsome, into cross-linguistic perspective.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Halkomelem  2. Some Basic Phenomena of Halkomelem  3. Advancements to Object  4. Object Resignations  5. Passives  6. Conclusion

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