The Linearization of Affixes: Evidence from Nuu-chah-nulth
This book examines the problem of linearization from a new perspective: that of the linearization of affixes. The author’s driving proposition is that affixation provides a means of satisfying the universal requirement to linearize linguistic outputs. This proposition is tested using original data from Nuu-chah-nulth ("Nootka"; Wakashan family), an endangered Amerindian language that is remarkable for its complex morphology.
Develops the innovative argument that affixation constitutes a means of satisfying the universal requirement that linguistic expressions be linearizedBrings to light a range of new empirical data which is of central relevance to current debates on the nature of head movementPresents Nuu-chah-nulth affixation as proof-of-concept for the hypothesis that syntax is ‘spelled out’ to phonology in strictly minimal syntactic domainsDevelops a Minimalist approach to the linearization of affixal predicates in Nuu-chah-nulth