Drift and the Grammaticalization Divide between Northern and Southern Wakashan

@article{Fortescue2006DriftAT,
  title={Drift and the Grammaticalization Divide between Northern and Southern Wakashan},
  author={M. Fortescue},
  journal={International Journal of American Linguistics},
  year={2006},
  volume={72},
  pages={295 - 324}
}
  • M. Fortescue
  • Published 2006
  • Sociology
  • International Journal of American Linguistics
The considerable divergence in inflectional complexity between the northern and the southern branches of the Wakashan family calls out for an explanation. Both branches are equally rich with regard to derivational potential, but only in the northern branch have fine‐grained inflectional systems of clitics evolved for demarcating clausal constituents and expressing grammatical relations between them. These are built upon deictic/demonstrative elements common to both branches and reconstructible… Expand
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