Ostension and definiteness in the Kwak’wala noun phrase

@inproceedings{Black2011OstensionAD,
  title={Ostension and definiteness in the Kwak’wala noun phrase},
  author={Alexis Black and tɛnxal{\'o}χda tsɪd{\'a}q},
  year={2011}
}
Recent work has examined the pragmatics of the Kwak’wala noun-phrase morphemes termed ‘locative’ and ‘visibility’ markers (Nicolson and Werle 2009). The current paper investigates yet another of the noun-phrase morphemes: the so-called ‘definite’ marker. Through a combined semantic and syntactic analysis, I conclude that the Kwak’wala morpheme –da does not encode definiteness, nor does it semantically or syntactically demonstrate those features typically associated with D-head status. Rather… CONTINUE READING

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