Sémantique des affixes incorporants en langue inuit (Groenland oriental)

  title={S{\'e}mantique des affixes incorporants en langue inuit (Groenland oriental)},
  author={Nicole Tersis and Marc-Antoine Mahieu},
In the Inuit language, the verbalizing affixes involved in the phenomenon known as «noun incorporation» have been studied not as much for their meaning as for their morpho-syntactic status and diachronic origin. These affixes, however, present a problem for semantic description: a given form often corresponds to several lexical meanings which apparently bear no relation to one another in our Indo-European languages. Using examples taken from Tunumiisut (East Greenland dialect), the prime aim of… Expand
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Morphosemantics and their limits: three Inuit examples
Morphosemantics may be defined as the semantic analysis of words through their constituent morphemes (Dorais 1984a: 3; 2010: 137). In polysynthetic languages, where lexemes generally result from theExpand
Additional facts about noun incorporation (in Inuktitut)
It is concluded that more empirical research is required on languages which display noun incorporation, as a range of data concerning noun incorporation in Inuktitut is examined. Expand
Eskimo-Aleut Languages
  • A. Johns
  • Computer Science
  • Lang. Linguistics Compass
  • 2010
This article provides an overview of some key properties of Eskimo-Aleut languages, and provides examples and discussion of the polysynthetic nature of some of these languages, where a single word can have the interpretation of a sentence. Expand
Incorporating verbs in Inuktitut noun incorporation: Functional or lexical elements?
This paper focuses on the nature of incorporating verbs in Inuktitut noun incorporation, which have traditionally been treated as functional categories in the literature (Sapir 1911, Johns 2007,Expand
The Structure of Multiple Tenses in Inuktitut
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Affix Ordering in West Greenlandic Derivational Processes
  • M. Fortescue
  • Sociology
  • International Journal of American Linguistics
  • 1980
0. Derivation by affixation1 is central to the description of Eskimo grammar, and yet the relative ordering of the some 300 to 400 productive affixes that can be found within complex verb formsExpand
Some notes on noun incorporation
Despite recent claims to the contrary, noun incorporation has an undeniable syntactic reality in some languages. In Greenlandic Eskimo and Southern Tiwa, the incorporated nominal displays manyExpand
On the nature of noun incorporation
Sadock 1986 has devoted considerable effort to demonstrating that denominal verb formation in Greenlandic Eskimo shares none of the semantic or pragmatic functions of noun incorporation as generallyExpand
Noun incorporation in Greenlandic: A case of syntactic word formation
The language thus falsifies pronouncements concerning the independence of syntax and word formation based on data from languages that are typologically very different from Greenlandic. Expand
The development of morphophonemic complexity in Eskimo languages
Abstract As I have recently argued (Fortescue, forthcoming 1992), the Eskimo-Aleut languages appear to have developed from an earlier, more agglutinative stage towards full-blown polysynthesis handExpand
Autolexical syntax: A proposal for the treatment of noun incorporation and similar phenomena
1. BACKGROUND According to the standard picture of the interface between syntax and morphology, the words of well-formed natural-language expressions are attached to the leaves of the syntacticExpand
In recent work Noun Incorporation has been argued to result from head movement, in which the head of an object noun phrase moves into the verb, creating a complex verb. This paper argues instead thatExpand
Case and Agreement in Inuit
The architecture of the human language faculty has been one of the main foci of the linguistic research of the last half century and the topics range from phonology to semantics, from syntax to information structure, from mathematical linguistics to studies of the lexicon. Expand
Raised Possessors and Noun Incorporation in West Greenlandic
This paper addresses the question of whethernoun incorporation is a syntactically base-generatedor a syntactically derived construction. Focusingon so-called ‘raised possessors’ in WestExpand
The Polysynthesis Parameter
Baker argues that polysynthetic languages are more than an accidental collection of morphological processes; rather they adopt a systematic way of representing predicate-argument relationships, parallel to but distinct from the system used for English. Expand