LINGUIST List 12.1579

Fri Jun 15 2001

Qs: Affix/Root Markedness, Bibliography of Berber

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  1. Adam Ussishkin, Markedness in Affixes vs. Roots
  2. John Alderete, Bibliography of Berber Linguistic Materials

Message 1: Markedness in Affixes vs. Roots

Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2001 12:40:56 -0700 (PDT)
From: Adam Ussishkin <ussishkiling.UCSC.EDU>
Subject: Markedness in Affixes vs. Roots

Dear linguists,
Do any of you know of any sources/references supporting the 
ubiquitous generalization that within a language, affixes (and function 
morphemes in general) tend to draw on phonologically less marked 
segmental inventories (or phonological structures), while root morphemes 
tend to draw on a superset of those segments (or include more marked 
structures). For instance, it is well-known that although pharyngeal 
consonants (which are relatively marked) are attested in Arabic, they 
never appear in affixes in the language but occur only in root morphemes.

I would appreciate any input anyone has to offer. Please email me 
directly at:

Many thanks for your time and help,

Adam Ussishkin
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Adam Ussishkin
Department of Linguistics
Stevenson College
UC Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
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Message 2: Bibliography of Berber Linguistic Materials

Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2001 12:25:47 -0400 (EDT)
From: John Alderete <>
Subject: Bibliography of Berber Linguistic Materials

Dear friends and colleagues,

We are constructing a bibliography of Berber linguistic materials. It is
intended primarily as a resource for linguistic research on Berber
languages, but it may have other uses (for example, research on Berber
literature and poetry). The current version of the bibliography, which has
roughly 900 entries, can be browsed and downloaded (various file format
types available) at: (under
'Recent Stuff')

We understand that there are many materials that we are not yet aware of,
and so we ask you to suggest additions to the reference list or
modifications to existing entries if they need to be updated. Also, please
forward this message to your colleagues who you feel can contribute more
suggestions. Send all correspondence to:

Thank you for your time,

-John Alderete
-Kyra Jucovy

John D. Alderete
Department of Linguistics
Swarthmore College
500 College Ave
Swarthmore PA, 19081

Office: 610-690-6863
Fax: 610-328-7323
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