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Linguistic Typology

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Volume 17, Issue 2 (Jul 2013)

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Harmonization and disharmonization of affix ordering and basic word order

Guillaume Jacques
  • Centre de Recherches Linguistiques sur l'Asie Orientale (CRLAO), Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO)
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Published Online: 2013-08-07 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/lity-2013-0009

Abstract

Cross-category harmony (correlations between basic word order and preference for suffixes or prefixes) has been proposed by several typologists and psycholinguists as a principle to explain some apparent crosslinguistic tendencies. This article attempts to test whether cross-category harmony has an observable influence on morphosyntactic change, and reviews cases of harmonization and disharmonization of affix order. The grammaticalization of associated motion prefixes in Japhug Rgyalrong, a verb-final language of southwest China, constitutes a solid case of development of a disharmonic construction out of a harmonic one, and runs counter to the idea that head ordering principles have a direct effect on language change.

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Published Online: 2013-08-07

Published in Print: 2013-07-10



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