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LINGUIST List 23.5023

Mon Dec 03 2012

Books: Kayardild Morphology and Syntax: Round

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Date: 30-Nov-2012
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Subject: Kayardild Morphology and Syntax: Round
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Title: Kayardild Morphology and Syntax
Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Book URL: http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199654871.do

Author: Erich Round

Hardback: ISBN: 9780199654871 Pages: 320 Price: U.K. £ 65.00


This book presents new data and a formal analysis of the inflectional system
and syntax of Kayardild, a typologically striking language of Northern
Australia. It sets forth arguments for recognizing an intricate syntactic
structure that underlies the exuberant distribution of inflectional features
throughout the clause, and for an intermediate, 'morphomic' level of
representation that mediates morphosyntactic features' realization as
morphological forms.

The book differs from existing treatments of Kayardild in unifying the
explanation of shared morphological exponents, positing a detailed,
empirically-grounded underlying syntax, identifying new clausal and nominal
structures, simplifying the analysis of Kayardild's dual tense system,
rejecting an analysis according to which some case markers are morphologically
'verbalizing' and some tense markers 'nominalizing', and arguing that upper
bounds on syntactic complexity are inherently syntactic rather than derivative
of constraints on morphology.

Analyses are expressed formally in terms of syntactic structures and
morphosyntactic features which will be interpretable to a broad range of
theories. Early chapters provide overviews of Kayardild phonology and
morphological structure in general, and a final chapter implements the
analysis in constraint-based grammar. Example sentences are glossed across
four or five lines, furnishing explicit analyses at multiple levels of
representation, and an appendix gathers over one hundred examples sentences to
provide large-scale empirical support for the syntactic analysis of tense

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology

Subject Language(s): Kayardild (gyd)

Written In: English (eng)

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