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The morpheme -e- and the mysteries of Nisgha Syntax
|The morpheme e and the mysteries of Nisgha Syntax|
|"The morpheme -e- occurs sandwiched between a transitive|
|predicate and a pronominal suffix in only one of what appear to be the two basic types of Nisgha clauses. The morphosyntactic function or this morpheme has never been well understood, and It has been given a variety of labels, none or them fully adequate. The key to a fuller understanding lies in the use of -e- suffixed transitive verbs in Object-Relative clauses the mystery morpheme can be identified as the original O.REL suffix. The|
|identification of the morpheme leads to a reinterpretation of the basic structure of Nisgha syntax, Since what has been usually been considered as an independent transitive clause (under various labels) should actually be interpreted as a headless Object-relative clause used as clause predicate. This reinterpretation solves some morphosyntactic problems."|
|International Conference on Salishan and Neighboring Languages 26.317-345.|
Tarpent, Marie-Lucie (author)
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