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Books: Morphology: L�ders

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Message 1: The Souletin Verbal Complex: L�ders

Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2003 12:51:04 -0500 (EST)
From: lincom.europa <>
Subject: The Souletin Verbal Complex: L�ders

Title: The Souletin Verbal Complex
Subtitle: New Approaches to Basque Morphophonology
Series Title: Linguistics Edition 02
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Lincom GmbH		 
Author: Ulrich J. L�ders

Paperback: ISBN: 3929075032, Pages: 220, Price: EUR 63

The study presents an analysis of the Souletin verbal complex.
Souletin is one of the seven main dialects of Basque. It is spoken by
about 11,000 people in SW France. Basque and its dialects are known
for their complex verbal structure offering several thousands of
synthetic verb or auxiliary forms. The integration of up to three
participants, the tripartite graded honorific system, the great number
of non?fact constructions and various root morphemes result in a
highly polymorphous structure.
Chapter I: The process type model which is applied here consists of a
semantic, a morphophonemic and a phonemic level and two types of
transmission rules between them (morphophonological assignment rules
between the first two levels, and phonological rules between the
second and third level). Chapter II: An overview of the phonemic
system and the typology of the phonological rules, which are numerous
in the Souletin dialect, is given. Two features determine the typology
of these P?rules: prosody (e.g., the �-harmony rule) and semantic
conditioning. Chapter III: In the first part of Ch. III the various
morphological categories are discussed (actant markers; marker of
semantic function; plural markers; roots of auxiliaries and synthetic
verbs; causative, assertative and negative marker; tense marker;
aspect marker; non?fact markers; subordinators). Two main conditions
are responsible for a split of the verbal paradigm into two different
systems of organisation: the semantic function of the actants and
their speech?act participation (SAP). The first condition is valid for
the ergative construction of paradigms as the present tense, the SAP
condition structures the past tense paradigms and several non?fact
paradigms with a strong resemblance to inverse languages. The second
half of this chapter is dedicated to the listing of the various
paradigms in dependence on tense and mood, the degree of politeness
and transitivity.

2nd printing. (also see the LINCOM webshop: Course
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Lingfield(s): Morphology

Subject Language(s): Basque (Language Code: BSQ)

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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