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On the Development of Agreement Markers in Some Northern Philippine Languages

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Title: On the Development of Agreement Markers in Some Northern Philippine Languages
Authors: Reid, Lawrence A.
Keywords: Cordilleran languages
Agreement-marking
Lexicase
LC Subject Headings: Austronesian languages--Morphology
Philippine languages
Historical linguistics
Issue Date: 2001
Citation: Reid, Lawrence. "On the Development of Agreement Markers in Some Northern Philippine Languages." In Issues in Austronesian Morphology: A Focusschrift for Byron W. Bender, edited by Joel Bradshaw and Kenneth L. Rehg, 235-257. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics, 2001.
Abstract: This paper attempts to provide an explanation for an innovation occurring in the Central Cordilleran languages of the Philippines, in which what were originally derivational endings en] and an] lose their final nasal when they carry first, second or third person singular agreement features, respectively k], m] and na]. It is claimed that this situation arose as a result of the incorporation of a reduced form of what was originally a genitive case-marking preposition ni as n] onto vowel-final verbs and their nominal counterparts. An analogy was then established between these forms ending in n] and derived forms with en] and an] endings, so that the latter were also perceived as being vowel-final for the purpose of substituting the k], m] and na] agreement endings. The discussion is presented within the Lexicase theoretical framework, specifically its claim that words have neither internal structure nor morphological boundaries.
Pages/Duration: 24 pages
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/33006
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