Morphology and Language History

In honour of Harold Koch

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| Yale University
| University of Manchester
| University of Western Australia
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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.
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Table of Contents
Contributors' addresses
vii–ix
Introduction
Claire Bowern, Bethwyn Evans, Grace Koch and Luisa Miceli
1–11
Part I. Genetic relatedness
13
1. Western Torres Strait language classification and development
Barry Alpher, Geoffrey O’Grady and Claire Bowern
15–30
2. The classification of Pinikura, Western Australia
Peter Austin
31–41
3. Bound pronominals in the West Papuan languages
Mark Donohue
43–58
4. Alawa and its neighbours: Enigma variations 1 and 2
Margaret Sharpe
59–69
5. Reconstructing pre-Warumungu pronominals
Jane Simpson
71–87
Part II. Reconstruction
89
6. Splitting vs. lumping in morphological analysis: Evidence from Greek
Avery D. Andrews
91–97
7. Pronominal accretions in Pama-Nyungan
Paul Black
99–106
8. Associated eating and movement: further examination of Yuwaalaraay Gamilaraay verb suffixes
John Giacon
107–121
9. The origin of conjugation markers in Australian languages
Mark Harvey
123–137
10. Some remarks on negatives in Southeastern Australia
Luise Hercus and Stephen Morey
139–154
11. *gṷes-, *(z)g ṷes-, *(s)g ṷesh2-? The PIE root for 'extinguish/go out'
Jay H. Jasanoff
155–166
12. The language of Central Australian Aboriginal songs
Grace Koch and Myfany Turpin
167–183
13. The origin of noun classes in Worrorran languages
William B. McGregor
185–200
14. Hittite duwān (parā)
H. Craig Melchert
201–209
15. Morphological reconstruction and Australian languages
Luisa Miceli
211–219
16. Warlpiri verb roots in comparative perspective
David Nash
221–234
17. Oujiang Wu tones and acoustic reconstruction
Phil Rose
235–250
18. Issues in the morphological reconstruction of Proto-Mon-Khmer
Paul J. Sidwell
251–265
Part III. Processes of change
267
19. Case selection Old and New Basque
Cathryn Donohue
269–280
20. Third person plural as a morphological zero: Object marking in Marovo
Bethwyn Evans
281–298
21. The morphological development of the perfect in Jersey Norman French
Anthony J. Liddicoat and Timothy Jowan Curnow
299–312
22. Grand-daddy morphs: The importance of suffixes in reconstructing Pama-Nyungan kinship
Patrick McConvell
313–327
23. Morphology of the eggs, and what it can tell us about Romanian nominal inflection
Kim Schulte
329–339
24. The refunctionalisation of first person plural inflection in Tiwi
John Charles Smith
341–348
25. A chain vowel raising in the early history of Chinese
Xiaonong Zhu
349–354
Index of languages
355–359
Index of subjects
361–364
“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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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFF – Historical & comparative linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2008019102