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Message 1: Dependent-Head Synthesis in Nivkh: Mattissen

Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2004 16:56:27 -0500 (EST)
From: paul <>
Subject: Dependent-Head Synthesis in Nivkh: Mattissen

Title: Dependent-Head Synthesis in Nivkh
Subtitle: A contribution to a typology of polysynthesis
Series Title: Typological Studies in Language 57
Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: 	John Benjamins
Book URL:

Author: Johanna Mattissen, University of Cologne 

Hardback: ISBN: 1588114767, Pages: x, 350 pp., Price: USD 156.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027229651, Pages: x, 350 pp., Price: EUR 130.00

This book offers an innovative approach to three interlaced topics: A
systematic analysis of the morphosyntatic organization of Nivkh
(Paleosiberian); a cross-linguistic investigation of complex noun
forms (parallel to complex (polysynthetic) verb forms); and a typology
of polysynthesis. Nivkh (Gilyak) is linguistically remarkable because
of its highly complex word forms, both verbs and nouns. They are
formed productively from ad hoc concatenation of lexical roots in
dependent - head relations without further morphological marking:
primary object - predicate, attribute - noun, noun - relational
morpheme ("adposition"). After an in-depth examination of the wordhood
of such complexes the morphological type of Nivkh is explored against
the background of polysynthesis, noun incorporation, verb root
serialization, noun complexes and head/dependent marking. For this
purpose, a new delimitation and classification of polysynthesis is
proposed on the basis of an evaluation of 75 languages. Besides
contributing to a reconciliation of previous diametrically opposed
approaches to polysynthesis, this study challenges some common
preconceived notions with respect to how languages "should be".

Table of contents 

Abbreviations viii 
Acknowledgements x 
1. Introduction 1-34 
2. Nivkh phonology and morphophonemics 35-64 
3. Head-dependent synthesis and wordhood in Nivkh 65-121 
4. The Nivkh noun plus verb complex 122-168 
5. Is there noun incorporation in Nivkh? 169-181 
6. The Nivkh verb plus verb complex 182-201 
7. Is Nivkh a polysynthetic language? 202-219 
8. The Nivkh nominal complex 220-248 
9. Complex noun forms in the world's languages 249-272 
10. Typological outlook 273-289 
Appendix 290-297 
References 298-314 
Bibliography on Nivkh 315-340 
Index 341-350
Lingfield(s):	Typology 	
Subject Language(s):	Gilyak (Language Code: NIV)

Written In: English (Language Code: English)

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