Linguistic Discovery

Articles from Vol. 13, No. 2, June

Aspects of the Diachronic (In)stability of Complex Morphology
1. Introduction The cross-linguistic study of morphological structure has a long and rich tradition that is connected to the very beginnings of language typology. Proposals going back to the end of the 18th and start of the 19th century (cf. e.g....
How Strong Is the Case for Contact-Induced Grammatical Restructuring in Quechuan?
1. Introduction (1) Pieter Muysken's work since the late 1970s on Northern Quechua has suggested the possibility that grammatical structure may be restructured due to contact in a gradual, rather than an abrupt, fashion (cf. Muysken 1977, 1980,...
Morphosyntactic Properties of Chibchan Verbal Person Marking
In typological terms, Chibchan is among the more heterogeneous language families in the Americas. This language family may therefore be considered as a relevant source of information on typological diversity and change. Chibchan languages are spoken...
The Historical Dynamics of Morphological Complexity in Trans-Himalayan
1. Introduction Several branches of Trans-Himalayan (TH) stand out in the context of languages of Asia for their morphologically complex verbal systems. These are restricted to isolated mountain regions, which Bickel and Nichols (2013), characterize...
Verbal Synthesis in the Guapore-Mamore Linguistic Area: A Contact Feature?
1. Introduction Although (morphological) structure is often thought to be relatively impervious to borrowing (e.g. Weinreich 1953, Thomason & Kaufman 1988, Dunn et al. 2005) the geographical skewing of certain morphological parameters is, at...
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