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Title: Yaqui Coordination
Written By: Constantino Martínez Fabián
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Native American Linguistics 59

The explanation of coordinate structures is one of the greatest challenges
for any theory of language. A prerequisite to any successful explanation is
a careful and accurate description of coordinate structures in many
different languages. This work provides such an account for the Yaqui
language, a member of the Uto-Aztecan family, spoken mainly in the north of
Mexico, and is the result of several years of investigation. It explores
and describes the patterns of sentence coordination, verbal coordination,
and nominal coordination. The sentence coordination data raise fundamental
problems for theories which suggest that coordinators are heads of their
own projection. The problem arises from the several positions that a
coordinator can occupy in the coordinated structure.

The author proposes that a viable explanation is to take the coordinating
particles as having the function of licensing adjunction processes. In
other words, to coordinate is to adjoin. The proposal is extended to verbal
and nominal coordination. The nominal coordinated structures show number
agreement conflicts with the verb that again are theoretically challenging,
and a solution is proposed within the framework of Optimality Theory.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Subject Language(s): Yaqui
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783895869136
Pages: 288
Prices: Europe EURO 66.00