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Variation in PComparative Approaches to Adpositional Phrases$
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Jacopo Garzonio and Silvia Rossi

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190931247

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190931247.001.0001

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Mutation in Spatial Deixis (Dx)

Mutation in Spatial Deixis (Dx)

“PPs” in Blackfoot and Plains Cree

Chapter:
(p.164) Chapter 6 Mutation in Spatial Deixis (Dx)
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Variation in P
Author(s):

Tomio Hirose

Rose-Marie Déchaine

Heather Bliss

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190931247.003.0007

Two neighboring Algonquian languages, Blackfoot and Plains Cree, differ as to how spatial expressions are represented structurally. Blackfoot it- is an adpositional element occurring within the verbal complex, radically discontinuous from a location-denoting DP; Plains Cree -ihk is an adpositional suffix to a DP, with which it forms a morphological unit. This chapter argues that the contrasting behavior of those morphemes is a function of two factors: (i) which head of the adpositional extended projection each morpheme realizes; (ii) whether or not they have undergone a transcategorial shift—dubbed “mutation”—in the lexicon. This mutation approach applies, for example, to the [PERSON] nature of Blackfoot INFL and to the [TENSE] use of source-denoting Plains Cree adposition ohci and its occurrence within the verbal complex. The emergent category status of adpositions is implicated, too.

Keywords:   adposition, discontinuous constituency, extended projection, deixis, transcategorial shift, emergent category, Blackfoot, Plains Cree, Algonquian

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