Chapter published in:Typological Hierarchies in Synchrony and Diachrony
Edited by Sonia Cristofaro and Fernando Zúñiga
[Typological Studies in Language 121] 2018
► pp. 257–288
The direction(s) of analogical change in direct/inverse systems
In this chapter, we extract general principles of language change from the study of the evolution of the conjunct order in various Algonquian languages, and propose four generalizations concerning the directionality of the spread of analogy in these systems. These generalizations are expected to bring insights on the analysis of data from other language families with direct/inverse marking but insufficient philological record, such as for instance Sino-Tibetan.
Keywords: analogy, direct/inverse, hierarchical agreement, Algonquian, Arapaho, Cree, Ojibwe, Mi’gmaq, conjunct order
Published online: 26 July 2018
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