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The lexical category debate in Salish and its relevance for Tagalog

Karsten Koch1 / Lisa Matthewson2

1Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin.

2Department of Linguistics, University of British Columbia.

Citation Information: Theoretical Linguistics. Volume 35, Issue 1, Pages 125–137, ISSN (Online) 1613-4060, ISSN (Print) 0301-4428, DOI: 10.1515/THLI.2009.007, July 2009

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We review some morpho-syntactic contexts where, parallel to data in Tagalog, Salishan languages famously fail to distinguish the categories noun and verb. Nevertheless, we then show that Salish languages do distinguish noun from verb, both lexically and syntactically, and suggest how similar analyses might perhaps be applicable to Tagalog.

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