Nominal complex in West Circassian
Between morphology and syntax
Yury Lander |
Institute of Oriental Studies RAS |
National Research University Higher School of Economics
The paper presents a description and an analysis of the nominal complex, a peculiar construction which includes a
noun and its modifiers, in West Circassian, a polysynthetic language of the Northwest Caucasian family. The nominal complex shows properties
of a single word and tends to follow the template proposed for the word in West Circassian. However, its parts may themselves have a complex
structure based on a similar template. This is argued to result from a principle that requires these subparts to be interpreted without
appealing to a broader morphological context. In addition, the nominal complex may contain complex syntactic constituents as its proper
parts. It is shown that the nominal complex in West Circassian is currently undergoing demorphologization and syntacticization.
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