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By William D. Davies

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ISBN-13: 9789027720658

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ISBN-13: 9789027721426

The Choctaw language, indigenous to the southeastern usa, now with its maximum concentrations ofspeakers in Missis sippi, Oklahoma, and l. a., has normally escaped the scrutinyoftheoreticallinguistics.ItisnotthatChoctaw isanintrin sicallyuninterestinglanguage- aquickglanceataclausewithfive contract controllers and a mismatch among the caseofafree standingnominaland its contract affix should still dispelthat inspiration. really it's, i believe, the query of what we will research from a languageinwhichNPsdon'tmovearound,"WHs"don'tfront, and gaps easily come up from pronominalization. My desire is that the presentvolume, takentogetherwithagrowingliteraturespurredon by means of the workofPamMunro and her scholars atUCLA, will carry Choctawintothelightofdayand into the circleoflanguagescon sidered whilst developing theories that outline "possible human language." Thepresentstudy, arevisionofmy 1981dissertation(University ofCalifornia, SanDiego), focusesfirstandforemostontheChoctaw agreementsystem, takingthisasthekeytothestructureofChoctaw syntax. The instant objective, then, is to supply a unified account ofthestructures and principles underlyingtheagreement system.Along the way in which a rangeofgrammatical phenomena is tested, taken as facts for specific structural configurations, and integrated into awell-integratedaccountofmorphologicaland syntacticfacts. The resultsbearon anumber ofcurrent concerns, includingthe Un accusative speculation, the life of demotions, the character of antipassive, disjunctive rule software, universals of causative structures, and others.For those purposes Choctawdeserves the scrutinyoftheoreticians. the knowledge forming the corpus for research characterize numerous Oklahoma Choctaw.They have been accrued from a nativespeaker in San Diego among 1978 and 1982 and from a number of audio system in Oklahoma in the course of prolonged visits to damaged Bow in 1980. I lX PREFACE x wishtothankthespeakerswhohelpedmebysharingtheirlanguage andencouragingmystudies.MyworkonChoctawwassupportedin partbyfundsfrom theNationalScienceFoundation(throughgrant numberBNS78-17498totheUniversityofCalifornia, SanDiego), theAmericanPhilosophicalSociety(throughaPhillipsFundgrant), andtheDepartmentofLinguisticsatUCSD.

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