Super-Complexity and the Status of ‘Word’ in Gunwinyguan Languages of Australia

  • Brett Baker
Part of the Studies in Morphology book series (SUMO, volume 4)


Construction Grammar is a model of grammar which makes a virtue out of treating morphological and syntactic constructions as varieties of essentially the same ontological type, which is also the type of words in general: a lexical entry. I argue that this kind of model is exactly what we need to describe the otherwise troublesome behaviour of polysynthetic languages. In particular, this model enables us to derive the kind of prosodic constituency and semantic interpretation which is otherwise completely unexpected for words.


Polysynthesis Incorporation Prosodic juncture Compounding Template morphology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Languages and LinguisticsUniversity of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia

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