Disentangling A Versatile Prefix: The Nature And Development Of A Polysemous Marker In Arawak Languages1

@article{Aikhenvald2018DisentanglingAV,
  title={Disentangling A Versatile Prefix: The Nature And Development Of A Polysemous Marker In Arawak Languages1},
  author={Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald},
  journal={International Journal of American Linguistics},
  year={2018},
  volume={84},
  pages={1 - 49}
}
  • A. Aikhenvald
  • Published 2018
  • Sociology
  • International Journal of American Linguistics
A number of the world’s languages have a special morpheme marking a generic human participant or possessor, roughly translatable as ‘one’, or ‘someone’. In the course of language history, a generic marker may undergo semantic change and take on further functions—those of (a) a first person inclusive, (b) a marker of possessor coreferential with the subject of a clause, or (c) just a third person. The versatile prefix *pa -attested in a number of Arawak languages of South America offers new… Expand
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