Word Formation in South American Languages

Swintha Danielsen | University of Leipzig
ORCID logoKatja Hannss | University of Regensburg
ORCID logoFernando Zúñiga | University of Bern
ISBN 9789027259288 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027269669 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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This volume focuses on word formation processes in smaller and so far underrepresented indigenous languages of South America. The data for the analyses have been mainly collected in the field by the authors. The several language families described here, among them Arawakan, Takanan, and Guaycuruan, as well as language isolates, such as Yurakaré, Kalapalo and Cholón, reflect the linguistic diversity of South America. Equally diverse are the topics addressed, relating to word formation processes like reduplication, nominal and verbal compounding, clitic compounding, and incorporation. The traditional notions of the processes are discussed critically with respect to their implementation in minor indigenous languages. The book is therefore not only of interest to readers with an Amerindian background but also to typologists and historical linguists, and it is a supplement to more theory-driven approaches to language and linguistics.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 163] 2014.  v, 228 pp.
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Main BIC Subject

CFK: Grammar, syntax

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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