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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.
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
2.1 A sketch of Koasati social and linguistic conditions
2.2 Orthographic matters
3.1 The nature of the rules governing SR
3.2 Some fundamental features of Koasati
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
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