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Discourse Functions Of Salish Applicatives

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This chapter discusses the similarities and differences between Salish applicatives and those found in other languages of the world. It explores where applicatives are found and discusses the types of applicatives in terms of the semantic role of the applied objects. The chapter discusses the applicative morphology and how it relates to the semantic role of the applied object. It briefly looks at the transitivity of the base. The chapter then turns to the issue of how to fit different types of applicatives to syntactic analyses and morphology of applicatives. Cross-linguistic comparison of applicative constructions is made difficult not only because of the diversity of semantic roles seen across languages, but also because of the complexity of the morphological systems that signal applicatives. It concludes with an overview of what an applicative is.

Keywords:applicative morphology; cross-linguistic comparison; Salish applicatives



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