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The Polysynthesis Parameter

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This book investigates in detail the grammar of polysynthetic languages--those with very complex verbal morphology. Baker argues that polysynthesis is more than an accidental collection of morphological processes; rather, it is a systematic way of representing predicate-argument relationships that is parallel to but distinct from the system used in languages like English. Having repercussions for many areas of syntax and related aspects of morphology and semantics, this argument results in a comprehensive ...
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This book investigates in detail the grammar of polysynthetic languages--those with very complex verbal morphology. Baker argues that polysynthesis is more than an accidental collection of morphological processes; rather, it is a systematic way of representing predicate-argument relationships that is parallel to but distinct from the system used in languages like English. Having repercussions for many areas of syntax and related aspects of morphology and semantics, this argument results in a comprehensive picture of the grammar of polysynthetic languages. Baker draws on examples from Mohawk and certain languages of the American Southwest, Mesoamerica, Australia, and Siberia.
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Of Parameters and Polysynthesis 3
Pt. I Nonconfigurationality
2 The Position of NPs 41
3 The Licensing of NPs 96
4 Discontinuous Constituents 138
Pt. II Word Structure and Phrase Structure
5 Agreement and Clause Structure 189
6 Agreement and the Structure of NP 244
7 Noun Incorporation 279
8 Complex Predicates 338
Pt. III Nonnominal Categories
9 Adpositional Phrases 399
10 Embedded Clauses 452
11 Conclusion: On the Nature of Parameterization 496
Appendix A. Abbreviations 517
Appendix B. Orthography and Pronunciation 522
Appendix C. Sources and Methods 524
References 527
Index 539
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