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The Linearization Of Affixes: Evidence From Nuu-Chah-Nulth

  • Develops the innovative argument that affixation constitutes a means of satisfying the universal requirement that linguistic expressions be linearized

  • Brings to light a range of new empirical data which is of central relevance to current debates on the nature of head movement

  • Presents Nuu-chah-nulth affixation as proof-of-concept for the hypothesis that syntax is ‘spelled out’ to phonology in strictly minimal syntactic domains

  • Develops a Minimalist approach to the linearization of affixal predicates in Nuu-chah-nulth


Part of the Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory book series (SNLT, volume 73)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Pages 1-25
  3. Pages 27-68
  4. Pages 187-216
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 217-234

About this book


The linearization of syntactic constructs stands at the forefront of current research on the syntax-phonology interface. This book examines the problem of linearization from a new perspective: that of the linearization of affixes. The driving proposal of this book is that affixation provides a means of satisfying the universal requirement that linguistic outputs be linearized. This hypothesis is tested against extensive original data from Nuu-chah-nulth ("Nootka"; Wakashan family), an endangered Amerindian language remarkable for its complex morphology. This volume introduces typologically rare affixation effects to current theoretical debates surrounding the division of labour between the modules of the grammar.


Affix Derivation Proposition Syntax Verb adjective adverbial complements grammar infinitive language morphology objects subject syntactic

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  1. 1.University of OttawaCanada

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