Classifiers as derivational markers in Murui (Northwest Amazonia)

Wojtylak, Katarzyna I. (2016) Classifiers as derivational markers in Murui (Northwest Amazonia). In: Körtvélyessy, Lívia, Štekauer, Pavol, and Valera, Salvador, (eds.) Word-Formation Across Languages. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, pp. 393-425.

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One of the most salient characteristics of the nominal morphology of Murui, a Witotoan language spoken in southern Colombia and northern Peru, is a large multiple classifier system that consists of more than 100 classifiers. In this system, the same (or almost the same) sets of bound classifier morphemes can occur in numerous morphosyntactic contexts forming new words. The classifiers differ in how obligatory they are in those enviornments. The multiple classifier system is semi-open due to the occurrence of repeaters, that is, partially repeated nouns with non-human referents that occur in the classifier slot. This paper provides an in-depth look at forms and functions of the intricate system of Murui classifiers and describes its word-formation processes.

Item ID: 47565
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-4438-9962-8
Keywords: Murui; Witoto; Witotoan languages; multiple classifier system; Northwest Amazonia; Caqueta-Putumayo River basin
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2017 02:05
FoR Codes: 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4704 Linguistics > 470409 Linguistic structures (incl. phonology, morphology and syntax) @ 100%
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