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Semantics and morphology of demonstratives in Central Yup'ik Eskimo

Semantics and morphology of demonstratives in Central Yup'ik Eskimo
Pages: 185 - 192
Auteur(s) / Author(s): Steven A. Jacobson
Résumé:

Depuis longtemps, le système complexe des démonstratifs dans les langues esquimaudes a fasciné les observateurs de la langue et de la culture. Or, le yup'ik central possède probablement le système de démonstratifs le plus élaboré de toutes les langues esquimaudes: on y retrouve en effet plus de vingt-quatre bases distinctes pour localiser les choses dans l'espace. Cet article propose un exposé systématique de la sémantique et de la morphologie de ces bases en yup'ik central. L'auteur y traite de leur relation aux verbes de mouvement et aborde également la question des irrégularités dans le système.

 

Abstract:

The complex demonstrative systems of Eskimo languages have long fascinated observers of Eskimo language and culture, and Central Yup'ik has perhaps the fullest demonstrative system of any Eskimo language, containing more than two dozen distinct bases for locating things in space. This paper systematizes and explains the semantics and morphology of demonstrative bases in Central Yup'ik. Their relationship to verbs of motion is discussed, and irregularities in the demonstrative system are fully considered.