Morphology in the ˋˋwrong'' place: The curious case of Coast Tsimshian connectives




This paper examines the apparently odd location of case-marking formatives found in the Pacific Northwest language, Coast Tsimshian. It first argues that the case-marking formatives are actually affixes on the preceding words, not prosodically-dependent words. Given this morphological analysis, a syntactic analysis is proposed that utilizes the 'informationally-rich' syntactic structure of HPSG. In particular, the analysis proposed uses EDGE features and chained identities between adjacent phrasal sisters to license the clause. This enables a simple analysis of the clausal syntax of Coast Tsimshian while still accounting for the wide array of facts surrounding the connectives.


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Ball, Douglas. 2011. Morphology in the ˋˋwrong’’ place: The curious case of Coast Tsimshian connectives. Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar 25–45. (doi:10.21248/hpsg.2011.2) ( (Accessed June 18, 2024.)