Abstract: The alignment system of Wichí (Matacoan), coded by pronominal affixes on the verb, depends in part on semantic factors–in particular, agency– rather than valency. Generally the choice of subject prefix paradigms is lexically determined: verbs with particular semantic characteristics call for a particular paradigm. Additionally, in some cases other third person prefixes may be replaced by a more agentive one, modifying the meaning of the predicate. Agency, a relational property, strongly correlates with animacy, an inherent property of nominals; the interaction of the two properties in Wichí is investigated.
Anthropological Linguistics – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Nov 6, 2014
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