ERIC Number: ED365099
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
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Goals and Indirect Objects in Seri.
Marlett, Stephen A.
A number of Seri verbs display a sensitivity to whether a goal, which is a term used for recipients, adressees, etc., is singular or plural. The data presented in this paper are of typological interest. It is argued that Seri has indirect objects, but that there is no one-to-one mapping between the semantic role goal and either the syntactic relation of indirect object or any oblique relation. Data and arguments are also presented that are of theoretical interest. First, it is argued that there are verbs that govern both 3-2 Advancement and 2-3 retreat, establishing the existence of the latter in human language. Second, it is proposed that a degree of simplification of the Seri grammar may be achieved by adopting a Minimality principle. This principle predicts that certain revaluations should not be expected in Seri, and permits simplification of the lexical entries of verbs. (JL)
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Note: In: Work Papers of the Summer Institute of Linguistics, 1993. University of North Dakota Session, Volume 37; see FL 021 593.