Chapter published in:Diverse Scenarios of Syntactic Complexity
Edited by Albert Álvarez González, Zarina Estrada-Fernández and Claudine Chamoreau
[Typological Studies in Language 126] 2019
► pp. 139–166
Grammaticalization of the linking devices with ka in Purepecha
This paper describes, in synchrony, the use, form, and position of the linking devices with ka in coordinating phrases and clauses and in subordinate clauses. This study also explores the relation between the different occurrences of ka and investigates a diachronic common source. Taking into account such parameters as weight, cohesion, and variability (Lehmann 2002), I advance the hypothesis that there have been two routes of grammaticalization. These two routes include the free coordinator ka which has given rise to a dependent marker -ka that forms subordinators, and the subjunctive mood -ka which seems to be the grammaticalization of the assertive mood marker -ka used for speech-act participants.
Keywords: grammaticalization, Purepecha, coordination, subordination, linker, coordinator
Published online: 04 July 2019
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