ERIC Number: ED419409
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Reduplicated Numerals in Salish.
Anderson, Gregory D. S.
Kansas Working Papers in Linguistics, v22 n2 p1-10 1997
A salient characteristic of the morpho-lexical systems of the Salish languages is the widespread use of reduplication in both derivational and inflectional functions. Salish reduplication signals such typologically common categories as "distributive/plural,""repetitive/continuative," and "diminutive," the cross-linguistically marked but typically Salish notion of "out-of-control" or more restricted categories in particular Salish languages. In addition to these functions, reduplication also plays a role in numeral systems of the Salish languages. The basic forms of several numerals appear to be reduplicated throughout the Salish family. In addition, correspondences among the various Interior Salish languages suggest the association of certain reduplicative patterns with particular "counting forms" referring to specific nominal categories. While developments in the other Salish language are frequently more idiosyncratic and complex, comparative evidence suggests that the system reconstructible for Proto-Interior Salish may reflect features of the Proto-Salish system itself. (Contains 31 references.) (Author/MSE)
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