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Defining the Word in Cayuga (Iroquoian)

Carrie Dyck
International Journal of American Linguistics
Vol. 75, No. 4 (October 2009), pp. 571-605
DOI: 10.1086/650554
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/650554
Page Count: 36
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Defining the Word in Cayuga (Iroquoian)
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Abstract

The Cayuga (Northern Iroquoian) word has been identified as a domain (one relevant for pitch accent assignment [Chafe 1977:169]). The goal of this paper is to determine which linguistic constituent corresponds to the Cayuga word domain. This paper presents evidence that the Cayuga word domain does not correspond to the grammatical word, nor to the prosodic word; instead, it is coextensive with the Phonological Phrase domain. Several characteristics of words in polysynthetic languages fall out from this analysis.

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