Problems of Polysynthesis by Nicholas Evans, Hans-Jürgen Sasse

By Nicholas Evans, Hans-Jürgen Sasse

The papers take care of a number questions raised for linguistic conception and outline through polysynthetic languages. Prototypical polysynthetic lamguages, came across between unrelated language households in such assorted elements of the realm as North the United States, Meso-America, Siberia, northern Australia, and Papua New Guinea, show remarkably related suites of grammatical features. yet, approximately centuries after Humboldt and Kleinschmidt started to make the lifestyles and curiosity of polysythetic languages widely recognized between linguistics, languages of this kind proceed to pose a challange to each significant linguistic concept.

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K. ' kondah here A wide range of translations for the plural object marker ben plus its accompanying external material are appropriate in this passage. The only straightforward examples of ANAPHORIC USE are in line c, and the first occurrence in line d; in both these cases there is no external material. The second occurrence in line d receives an anaphoric translation in the Kunwinjku Spirit translation ('grew them again in her belly') which is essentially a LAZY PRONOUN use pushing the boundaries of what counts as an identical entity in tracked discourse, given that a whole new set of children are involved.

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