Object and Absolutive in Halkomelem Salish

1st Edition

Donna B. Gerdts

Published May 20, 2016
Reference - 296 Pages
ISBN 9781138994560 - CAT# Y210635
Series: Routledge Library Editions: Linguistics

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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.


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