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Lexical, Quasi-Inflectional, And Inflectional Compounding In Upper Necaxa Totonac

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This chapter presents data from Upper Necaxa Totonac which show that lexical verb-verb compounding that forms new lexemes is in fact a relatively limited process in that language. Following a short discussion of the relevant aspects of Upper Necaxa verbal inflection, the chapter outlines the various types of verb-verb compounding found in Upper Necaxa Totonac, beginning with the formation of symmetrical compounds derived from the combination of two verb stems from the open dynamic class, a word-formation process. It then discusses asymmetric compounds based on stative verbs, which form either quasi-inflectional stems or serve to inflect dynamic stems for the progressive aspect. The chapter concludes with some of the implications of these findings, particularly the implications of compounding being used as a strategy for inflection.

Keywords: quasi-inflectional stems; Upper Necaxa Totonac; Upper Necaxa verbal inflection; verb-verb compounding; word-formation process



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