Morphology and Language History

In honour of Harold Koch

| Yale University
| University of Manchester
| University of Western Australia
ISBN 9789027248145 | EUR 115.00 | USD 173.00
ISBN 9789027290960 | EUR 115.00 | USD 173.00
This volume aims to make a contribution to codifying the methods and practices linguists use to recover language history, focussing predominantly on historical morphology. The volume includes studies on a wide range of languages: not only Indo-European, but also Austronesian, Sinitic, Mon-Khmer, Basque, one Papuan language family, as well as a number of Australian families. Few collections are as cross-linguistic as this, reflecting the new challenges which have emerged from the study of languages outside those best known from historical linguistics. The contributors illustrate shared methodological and theoretical issues concerning genetic relatedness (that is, the use of morphological evidence for classification and subgrouping), reconstruction and processes of change with a diverse range of data. The volume is in honour of Harold Koch, who has long combined innovative research on understudied languages with methodological rigour and codification of practices within the discipline.
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 298]  2008.  x, 364 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Contributors' addresses
Claire Bowern, Bethwyn Evans, Grace Koch and Luisa Miceli
Part I. Genetic relatedness
1. Western Torres Strait language classification and development
Barry Alpher, Geoffrey O’Grady and Claire Bowern
2. The classification of Pinikura, Western Australia
Peter Austin
3. Bound pronominals in the West Papuan languages
Mark Donohue
4. Alawa and its neighbours: Enigma variations 1 and 2
Margaret Sharpe
5. Reconstructing pre-Warumungu pronominals
Jane Simpson
Part II. Reconstruction
6. Splitting vs. lumping in morphological analysis: Evidence from Greek
Avery D. Andrews
7. Pronominal accretions in Pama-Nyungan
Paul Black
8. Associated eating and movement: further examination of Yuwaalaraay Gamilaraay verb suffixes
John Giacon
9. The origin of conjugation markers in Australian languages
Mark Harvey
10. Some remarks on negatives in Southeastern Australia
Luise Hercus and Stephen Morey
11. *gṷes-, *(z)g ṷes-, *(s)g ṷesh2-? The PIE root for 'extinguish/go out'
Jay H. Jasanoff
12. The language of Central Australian Aboriginal songs
Grace Koch and Myfany Turpin
13. The origin of noun classes in Worrorran languages
William B. McGregor
14. Hittite duwān (parā)
H. Craig Melchert
15. Morphological reconstruction and Australian languages
Luisa Miceli
16. Warlpiri verb roots in comparative perspective
David Nash
17. Oujiang Wu tones and acoustic reconstruction
Phil Rose
18. Issues in the morphological reconstruction of Proto-Mon-Khmer
Paul J. Sidwell
Part III. Processes of change
19. Case selection Old and New Basque
Cathryn Donohue
20. Third person plural as a morphological zero: Object marking in Marovo
Bethwyn Evans
21. The morphological development of the perfect in Jersey Norman French
Anthony J. Liddicoat and Timothy Jowan Curnow
22. Grand-daddy morphs: The importance of suffixes in reconstructing Pama-Nyungan kinship
Patrick McConvell
23. Morphology of the eggs, and what it can tell us about Romanian nominal inflection
Kim Schulte
24. The refunctionalisation of first person plural inflection in Tiwi
John Charles Smith
25. A chain vowel raising in the early history of Chinese
Xiaonong Zhu
Index of languages
Index of subjects
“Comparative studies of Australian languages have recurrently suffered either from a lack of methodological rigour, or from the belief that the comparative method simply does not apply on this continent. Over three decades Harold Koch's patient and painstaking work, by bringing an Indo-Europeanist training to bear on what appear to be intractable problems, is a welcome corrective to these trends. The papers in this volume pay a suitable tribute to his work, ranging over a number of philological problems in Australian languages with a leavening of other reconstructive work on Hittite, Papuan, Mon-Khmer, Basque and Sino-Tibetan. There is a particular emphasis on morphological reconstruction, which is at the same time a still-underdeveloped aspect of the comparative method and the likely key to many problems in comparative Australian linguistics.”
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BIC Subject: CFF – Historical & comparative linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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