Breaking up is hard to do: teasing apart morphological complexity in Iwaidja and Maung
AffiliationArts: Department of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Document TypeHonours thesis
CitationsTeo, A. (2007). Breaking up is hard to do: teasing apart morphological complexity in Iwaidja and Maung. Honours thesis, Department of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, The University of Melbourne.
Access StatusOpen Access
© 2007 Amos Teo
In my thesis, I begin to unravel morphological complexity in Iwaidja and Maung, two languages of the Iwaidjan family spoken in the Northern Territory. Both these languages contain long seemingly inscrutable verb stems. I argue that these long 'macro verbs' can in fact be analysed as old verb compounds that were formed by processes which are no longer productive in either language. Such compounds typically comprise a verb root and one or more prepounds, and in my work I present numerous sets of verb roots and prepounds which I have identified.
Keywordsmorphological complexity; Australian Aborigine languages; Iwaidjan languages
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