The problem of lexical categories and root class determination is
fundamental in linguistic description and theory. Research on this topic
has been particularly stimulated by studies of Amerindian languages. The
essays in this collection, written by specialists in languages from South,
Middle and North America, provide new insights into processes, levels,
functions, and the aquisition of lexical categories, from various recent
theoretical perspectives. The volume also addresses recent debates about
root indeterminacy. Focusing on morphosyntax, phonology, and semantics, the
contributions offer invaluable material for typological generalizations and
for comprehension of the nature of the mental lexicon.
Ximena Lois/Valentina Vapnarsky: Introduction
Bruna Franchetto: Are Kuikuro Roots Lexical Categories?
Ximena Lois/Valentina Vapnarsky: Root Indeterminacy and Polyvalence in
Yukatekan Mayan Languages
Marcia Haag: Thematic Structure and Lexemes: A Comparison of Choctaw and
Cherokee Word Formation
Eliane Camargo: Lexical Categories and Word Formation Processes in Wayana
Marisa Malvestitti: Polyvalence in Mapuzungun: Contributions from a
Patagonian Variety of the Language
Aurore Monod Becquelin: Categories and Compounding in Tzeltal: A
Francesc Queixalós: The Primacy and Fate of Predicativity in Tupi-Guarani
Johannes Helmbrecht: Are there Adjectives in Hocak (Winnebago)?
Barbara Pfeiler: Polyvalence in the Acquisition of Early Lexicon in Yucatec
Richard Carter: Polycategoriality and Predictability: Problems and Prospects.