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The Origins of the Wakashan Classificatory Verbs of Location and Handling

Michael Fortescue
Anthropological Linguistics
Vol. 48, No. 3 (Fall, 2006), pp. 266-287
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25132390
Page Count: 22
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Abstract

The classificatory verbs typical of certain polysynthetic American language families pose a number of typological and diachronic conundrums. Only one source has been proposed in the literature so far-incorporated nouns-but an investigation of the phenomenon in the Wakashan family suggests that this cannot be their only source. A number of potential factors leading to the emergence of classificatory verbs are discussed and it is shown how new members of the category may still be in the process of forming today.

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