Article published in:Linguistic Variation Yearbook 2001
Edited by Pierre Pica
[Linguistic Variation Yearbook 1] 2001
► pp. 209–227
Part of speech mismatches in modular grammar
New evidence from Jingulu
The Jingulu language of central-northern Australia presents some difficulties in terms of classifying certain of its lexemes into part of speech categories. Personal names, for instance, which should be nouns on notional grounds, have the phonological and morphosyntactic properties of interjections, whilst notionally verbal roots are distinctly non-verbal in their distribution. These phenomena are analysed according to the principles of autolexical syntax, wherein different levels of representation of the same linguistic item (morphem, word, phrase and so forth) need not necessarily correspond to one another exactly.
Keywords: Jingulu, Australian languages, part of speech, autolexical syntax
Published online: 24 July 2003
Cited by 2 other publications
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