Switch Reference in Kosati Discourse

Author(s):
Rising, David P
Description:

Koasati, a Muskogean language, is spoken by about 200 people in Elton, Louisiana, and by a smaller number near Livingston, Texas. This volume contains a brief sociolinguistic note, a phonological description, and a grammar outline. Then in the remaining two chapters, the salient features of switch reference in the language are described, and it is shown that this feature is not just a syntactic phenomenon but also a pervasive system that interacts with high-level discourse.

Table of Contents:

Abbreviations
Preface
Acknowledgments

1. Overview of the Problem and the Solution

1.1 The phenomenon of switch reference
1.2 Problems in the switch reference account
1.3 Frequency of occurrence of some SR markers
1.4 A functional approach
1.5 Outline of this book

2. Sociolinguistics and Orthography

2.1 A sketch of Koasati social and linguistic conditions
2.2 Orthographic matters

3. Some Relevant Features of Koasati Grammar

3.1 The nature of the rules governing SR
3.2 Some fundamental features of Koasati

4. Koasati Continuity Marking

4.1 -k and -n on nouns: Markers of information type
4.2 -k and -n on verbs: Markers of ±CONT
4.3 -k and -n on nouns and verbs in terms of ±CONT
4.4 Conclusion

5. Spectrum, -Fooka, and Switch Reference

5.1 The concept of spectrum and -fooka
5.2 The discourse function of -fooka: Spectrum
5.3 ±CONT marking and -fooka
5.4 Some reflections
5.5 Counter-examples
5.6 Conclusion

References
Index

$10.00
Date:
1992
Extent:
xii, 86 pages
Subject:
Syntax
Switch reference
ISBN 13:
978-0883128138
ISBN 10:
0883128136
Size:
6 × 9 × 0.2 in
Weight:
0.4 lb
Field:
Country:
United States
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