Possessive inflection in Proto-Zamucoan

Ciucci, Luca, and Bertinetto, Pier Marco (2017) Possessive inflection in Proto-Zamucoan. Diachronica, 34 (3). pp. 283-330.

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Abstract

This paper presents a comparative analysis of possessive inflection in the three known Zamucoan languages: Ayoreo and Chamacoco – still spoken in the Chaco area between Bolivia and Paraguay – plus †Old Zamuco, described by the Jesuit father Ignace Chomé in the first half of the 18th century. The comparison allows us to build a plausible reconstruction of Proto-Zamucoan possessive inflection. Old Zamuco appears to be the most conservative language among the three, while Chamacoco appears to be the most innovative, although it exhibits relics of special importance for reconstructive purposes. Our analysis identifies in Zamucoan a series of features of general interest for the typology of person marking.

Item ID: 51288
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1569-9714
Keywords: Chaco region; kinship terms; diachronic reconstruction; syncretism in person/number marking; person marking; possessive morphology; Zamucoan languages; verb morphology
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2017 00:24
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2004 Linguistics > 200408 Linguistic Structures (incl Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture @ 100%
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