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dc.contributor.advisor Boyle, John en_US Alzebaidi, Zahra Ali 2017-12-06T18:09:38Z 2017-12-06T18:09:38Z 2017 en_US 2017-12
dc.identifier.uri en
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this thesis is to examine the syntactic structure of Guerrero Nahuatl using Baker’s proposed Polysynthesis Parameter (1996). Baker (1996) claims that polysynthetic languages must have common features that aggregate to the concept of the Polysynthesis Parameter, which suggests that polysynthetic languages employ morphology for syntactic functions. Baker (1996) suggests that in polysynthetic languages, θ-roles are assigned through either an agreement relationship (agreement morphemes) or a movement relation (Noun Incorporation). As a result, Baker (1996) claims that polysynthetic languages must be non-configurational due to the flexibility of the word order and the absence of true quantifiers which indicates that all overt NPs are adjuncts. Prior researchers have made competing claims regarding the structure of the Nahuatl languages and Baker (1996) Polysynthesis Parameter. In this thesis, I show that Guerrero Nahuatl is a non-configurational polysynthetic language. I provide data showing that θ-roles are assigned through either an agreement relationship or through a movement relation (NI) as Baker (1996) predicated for polysynthetic languages. I also argue that Guerrero Nahuatl has free word order and no occurring true quantifiers. I provide evidence that all overt NPs are in adjunct positions rather than in actual A-positions. In addition, I show that there is an extensive use of null anaphora, and an absence of reflexive overt NPs.
dc.description.sponsorship Arts and Humanities en
dc.format.extent 69 pages en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject.other free word order en_US
dc.subject.other Guerrero Nahuatl en_US
dc.subject.other non-configurational en_US
dc.subject.other Noun Incorporation en_US
dc.subject.other Polysynthesis Parameter en_US
dc.subject.other polysynthetic languages en_US
dc.title The syntactic status of np in guerrero nahuatl: non-configurationality and the polysynthesis parameter 2017-12-06T18:09:38Z M.A. en_US
dc.type.genre Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.department Linguistics en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Agbayani, Brian en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Golston, Chris en_US
dc.subject.category Linguistics en_US

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