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Valency-changing operations in Umóⁿhoⁿ: affixation, incorporation, and syntactic constructions

Abstract : This dissertation presents a detailed study of valency-changing constructions in Umóⁿhoⁿ, a Native North American language. It contributes to a better description and understanding of this language and thereby also to the development of cross-linguistic research on argument structure, valency change, and the morphology-syntax interface. Part I includes a grammatical sketch of Umóⁿhoⁿ and a detailed description of its verbal morphology. It concludes with a general presentation of the existing valency alternations in the language, which take the form of derivations, complex predicates, and syntactic constructions. Part II presents case studies of some of these operations: the different types of causative and applicative constructions, the antipassive, and nominal incorporation. This work addresses in detail the difficult question of interpreting non-overt arguments in a language where some 3rd person arguments are never encoded. It also discusses the distinction between the morphological and the syntactic domains. The eight chapters in Parts I and II are supplemented by extensive appendices and a foreword on the socio-linguistic context of fieldwork.
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Julie Marsault. Valency-changing operations in Umóⁿhoⁿ: affixation, incorporation, and syntactic constructions. Linguistics. Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris III, 2021. English. ⟨tel-03281026⟩



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