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Endoclitics and the Origins of Udi Morphosyntax provides a synchronic description and analysis of a phenomenon that appears to be unique among languages that have been brought to the attention of linguists, namely the occurrence of endoclitics. Alice Harris demonstrates that syntactic rules must have access to the internal structure of the word. The early chapters of the book show that the morphemes at issue are clitics (as opposed to affixes), that the items inside which they may occur are words (as opposed to phrases), and that the clitics occur inside these words under specifiable conditions. The second part of the book describes how Udi came to be so different from other languages, and in doing so explains the origins of the phenomenon explored in the first part. The book will appeal to theoretical linguists, especially those interested in the interface between syntax and morphology. It will also be of considerable interest to historical linguists and students of Caucasian languages.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199246335
ISBN-10: 0199246335
Format: Hardback
(242mm x 163mm x 21mm)
Pages: 316
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 28-Mar-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - Alice C. Harris

Alice C. Harris received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from Harvard University in 1976 and is Professor of Linguistics (since 1991), Professor of Anthropology (since 1992), and Chair of the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages at Vanderbilt University. She is author, co-author, or editor of four books and numerous articles in the field of general linguistics. At Vanderbilt University she teaches courses on linguistic analysis, language and cognition, sociolinguistics, anthropological linguistics, and historical linguistics.

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