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ERIC Number: ED309625
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Oct
Pages: 14
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Mayan Verb Complex Anaphora.
DeChicchis, Joseph
Analysis of data from Kekchi, a head-marking language following Mayan patterns, can provide insight into case relations and pronominal reference in head-marking languages. Tensed verb constructions are examined, focusing attention on how the verb stem can determine both the number of referents and their semantic roles. The language's predication system (attributive and tensed verb) is described, and Mayan pronoun functions are outlined. Antecedent placement and the hierarchical status of the verb complex are discussed. These facts about Kekchi are noted: (1) Kekchi person markers underspecify the argument structure of a predication; (2) this referential inadequacy of person markers, which depend on the transivity of the verb for their proper interpretation, is a distinguishing feature of the language; (3) full Kekchi nominals, unmarked for case, are optional adjuncts to the verb; their occurrence is determined by nonsyntactic factors; and (4) Kekchi is a nonconfigurational language. It is concluded that all nonconfigurational languages must be considered as the descriptions of predication and reference are refined. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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