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Title: The Case for Fewer Cases in Pre-Chukotko-Kamchatkan: Grammaticalization and semantics in internal reconstruction
Author: Dibella Wdzenczny
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Institution: University of California, Santa Barbara
Linguistic Field: Historical Linguistics; Morphology; Semantics
Subject Language Family: Chokotko-Kamchatkan
Abstract: This work internally reconstructs the case system of Pre-Chukotko-Kamchatkan from the comparative reconstruction of Proto-Chukotko-Kamchatkan. Using the comparative and etymological dictionaries by Fortescue (2005), Mudrak (2000), and Zhukova & Kurebito (2004), I demonstrate that in many instances, groups of cases in Proto-Chukotko-Kamchatkan have developed from a single case. I outline the paths of grammaticalization that led to the expanded case system in Proto-Chukotko-Kamchatkan, and I use semantic typology to support the plausibility of these developments. Examples of similar phenomena in other language families are used for comparison as well. I conclude that six grammatical cases (and a more regular case system) can be reconstructed in Pre-Chukotko-Kamchatkan, which has evolved and expanded into the comparatively reconstructed system of eleven cases in Proto-Chukotko-Kamchatkan presented in Fortescue (2005).
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Venue: Eastern Michigan University
Publication Info: M.A. Thesis


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