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Thu Mar 22 2007

Diss: Ling Theories/Morphology/Syntax: Bischoff: 'Functional Forms-...'

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Message 1: Functional Forms-Formal Functions: An account of Coeur d'Alene clause structure
Date: 21-Mar-2007
From: Shannon Bischoff <bischoffemail.arizona.edu>
Subject: Functional Forms-Formal Functions: An account of Coeur d'Alene clause structure


Institution: University of Arizona
Program: Department of Linguistics
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2007

Author: Shannon T. Bischoff

Dissertation Title: Functional Forms-Formal Functions: An account of Coeur d'Alene clause structure

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
                            Morphology
                            Syntax

Subject Language(s): Coeur d'Alene (crd)

Dissertation Director:
Andrew Carnie
Heidi B. Harley
Jane H. Hill
Simin Karimi
MaryAnn Willie

Dissertation Abstract:

Coeur d'Alene, also known as Snchitsu'umshtsn, is a Southern Interior
Salishan language no longer learned by children. Descriptive work on the
language has been carried out since the early nineteenth-century (Tiet 1904
through 1909 in Boas and Tiet 1930; Reichard 1927-29, 1938, 1939; Doak
1997); however, a formal account of the basic clause structure of this
polysynthetic language has until now not been proposed. This thesis
presents such a formal analysis within the Minimalist Program (Chomsky
1995, 1998, 2000, 2001a, 2001b; Lasnik 1999a, 1999b, 2000; among others),
employing the tenets of Distributed Morphology (Halle and Marantz 1993;
Harley and Noyer 1999; among others). Demonstrating that an analysis of
person-marking morphemes as bound pronouns (Jelinek 1984) is more
"economical" in terms of Chomsky's (1995:367) Elementary Principles of
Economy, the thesis goes on to account for the phenomena of lexical
affixation (Carlson 1990; Kinkade 1998; Gerdts 2003; among others), in
Coeur d'Alene as incorporation. Appealing to Hale and Keyser's (2002)
theory of conflation as Head-movement (Harley 2004), an approach to
incorporation is proposed which captures Chomsky's (1995) claim that
head-movement is phonological while at the same time illustrating that
lexical affixes in Coeur d'Alene serve as incorporated arguments. The
thesis concludes with an articulation of the left periphery (material above
vP here), based on the strict ordering of a series of mood, adverbial,
model, and aspectual particles. It is shown that this articulation in Coeur
d'Alene patterns with Cinque's (1999) proposed universal hierarchy of
functional and adverbial heads. In this way, the basic clause structure of
Coeur d'Alene is formally presented.



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