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Part-Of-Speech and Semantic-Class Preferences for Certain Word-Formation Processes: Wichi (Mataguayan)

By Verónica Nercesian

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This chapter analyzes the differences in proportion and distribution of word-formation processes within the vocabulary of Wichi (Mataguayan). From the analysis of two quantitatively and qualitatively representative Wichi vocabularies, it is shown that certain word-formation processes are preferred for some semantic fields and word-classes, and that these tendencies contribute to lexical connections. Whereas one database comprises 2,931 words distributed into 24 semantic fields, the second one contains 1,000 words referring to place-names and people-names. We suggest that the distribution of word-formation processes in the vocabularies of the languages could be a comparative morphological parameter for the study of world languages.Fil: Nercesian, Verónica. Universidad Nacional de Formosa. Facultad de Humanidades. Instituto de Investigaciones Lingüísticas; Argentina. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas. Centro Científico Tecnológico Conicet - Nordeste; Argentin

Topics: LEXICAL CONNECTIONS, WORD-FORMATION, DERIVATIONAL PARADIGMS, WICHI LEXICON, Lingüística, Lengua y Literatura, HUMANIDADES
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Year: 2016
OAI identifier: oai:ri.conicet.gov.ar:11336/107910
Provided by: CONICET Digital
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