Argument marking patterns in South American languages

Author: Joshua Birchall
LOT Number: 352
ISBN: 978-94-6093-000-3
Pages: 297
Year: 2014
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Argument marking patterns in South American languages South American indigenous languages show an incredible diversity in the ways that they mark arguments in independent clauses . This dissertation presents the first in - depth study of argument marking patterns in South America across a sample of 74 different languages . The languages are approached from a typological perspective and the major parameters of variation are encoded into a structural questionnaire . The study primarily focuses on verbal argument indexation , case marking and valency change . The different argument marking features are analyzed for the typological patterns that they display and also for their geographic distribution . The analysis presented in the study identifies a number of areal linguistic features for specific regions of the continent . The results suggest a significant East versus West distinction in the distribution of the argument marking features examined . This study contributes to our understanding of the linguistic diversity of South America and serves to highlight the different patterns that can be observed in the data .

Argument marking patterns in South American languages South American indigenous languages show an incredible diversity in the ways that they mark arguments in independent clauses . This dissertation presents the first in - depth study of argument marking patterns in South America across a sample of 74 different languages . The languages are approached from a typological perspective and the major parameters of variation are encoded into a structural questionnaire . The study primarily focuses on verbal argument indexation , case marking and valency change . The different argument marking features are analyzed for the typological patterns that they display and also for their geographic distribution . The analysis presented in the study identifies a number of areal linguistic features for specific regions of the continent . The results suggest a significant East versus West distinction in the distribution of the argument marking features examined . This study contributes to our understanding of the linguistic diversity of South America and serves to highlight the different patterns that can be observed in the data .

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