Direct/Inverse Systems

  title={Direct/Inverse Systems},
  author={Guillaume Jacques and Anton Antonov},
  journal={Language and Linguistics Compass},
This article proposes an idealized model of direct-inverse systems inspired by canonical morphology, against which attested systems are then evaluated in terms of their deviation from it. A language-independent definition of obviation is provided, and then applied to language families other than Algonquian. Referential hierarchies are shown not to be the only way of accounting for direct-inverse systems. Finally, the article surveys the attested origins of inverse systems and the ways in which… CONTINUE READING