Abstract

The alignment system of Wichí (Matacoan), coded by pronominal affixes on the verb, depends in part on semantic factors–in particular, agency– rather than valency. Generally the choice of subject prefix paradigms is lexically determined: verbs with particular semantic characteristics call for a particular paradigm. Additionally, in some cases other third person prefixes may be replaced by a more agentive one, modifying the meaning of the predicate. Agency, a relational property, strongly correlates with animacy, an inherent property of nominals; the interaction of the two properties in Wichí is investigated.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1944-6527
Print ISSN
0003-5483
Pages
pp. 315-333
Launched on MUSE
2015-11-06
Open Access
No
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