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Conference Paper: The applicative affix and morpheme ordering in Chichewa

TitleThe applicative affix and morpheme ordering in Chichewa
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Issue Date2008
PublisherCSLI Publications.
Citation
The 12th International Lexical Functional Grammar Conference (LFG 2007), Stanford University, CA., 28-30 July 2007, In Proceedings of the LFG07 Conference, 2007, p. 363-382 How to Cite?
AbstractApplicativization is highly productive in a language like Chichewa. The applicative affix augments the a-structure of a verb by bringing in an additional semantic role, which is most frequently a benefactive, instrument or locative role. We show in this paper that the structure of the word can be represented in the form of a morphology-syntax interface tree, which makes it possible to refer to not only parts of the word but also the levels of representation that are associated with each morpheme. The a-structure is of particular interest, as this is the structure that the applicative and passive affixes alter. More importantly, these morphemes alter the existing a-structure, one that is the result of the interaction between the verb root and any other a-structure-changing morpheme that precedes in morphological form the morpheme in question. With the interface tree, it is possible to make reference to an intermediate a-structure, one that is associated with a particular morpheme on the tree. Morpheme order can thus be accounted for more straight-forwardly.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/200365
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dc.contributor.authorLam, OSC-
dc.date.accessioned2014-08-18T03:28:42Z-
dc.date.available2014-08-18T03:28:42Z-
dc.date.issued2008-
dc.identifier.citationThe 12th International Lexical Functional Grammar Conference (LFG 2007), Stanford University, CA., 28-30 July 2007, In Proceedings of the LFG07 Conference, 2007, p. 363-382-
dc.identifier.issn1098-6782-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/200365-
dc.description.abstractApplicativization is highly productive in a language like Chichewa. The applicative affix augments the a-structure of a verb by bringing in an additional semantic role, which is most frequently a benefactive, instrument or locative role. We show in this paper that the structure of the word can be represented in the form of a morphology-syntax interface tree, which makes it possible to refer to not only parts of the word but also the levels of representation that are associated with each morpheme. The a-structure is of particular interest, as this is the structure that the applicative and passive affixes alter. More importantly, these morphemes alter the existing a-structure, one that is the result of the interaction between the verb root and any other a-structure-changing morpheme that precedes in morphological form the morpheme in question. With the interface tree, it is possible to make reference to an intermediate a-structure, one that is associated with a particular morpheme on the tree. Morpheme order can thus be accounted for more straight-forwardly.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherCSLI Publications.-
dc.relation.ispartofProceedings of the LFG07 Conference-
dc.titleThe applicative affix and morpheme ordering in Chichewaen_US
dc.typeConference_Paperen_US
dc.identifier.emailLam, OSC: osclam@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.hkuros170404-
dc.identifier.spage363-
dc.identifier.epage382-

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