Word-formation by phase in Inuit

  title={Word-formation by phase in Inuit},
  author={Richard Compton and Christine M. Pittman},
Abstract This paper argues that wordhood in the polysynthetic Inuit language is predictable from syntactic structure and that words correspond to the domains of CP and DP. This entails that Inuit's morphological component need not be any more complex than that of more isolating languages and that individual morphemes are not idiosyncratically specified as affixes. As evidence for our approach, we contrast a variety of free and bound elements, showing that in every case, subparts of words are… Expand

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