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Syntax, Semantics, and Typology of Adjectives in Upper Necaxa Totonac

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  • Individual members of the Totonacan family - a group of at least four languages spoken in East Central Mexico - have been claimed to either lack adjectives or to have only a restricted, closed class of adjectives, words expressing property concepts belonging to the class ofnoun. The basisfor this claim stemsfrom the lack of inflectional distinctions between nouns and words denoting property concepts, äs well äs a certain degree ofoverlap in their distribution, most notably the use of property concepts äs syntactic actants. An investigation of the syntactic behaviour of property-concept words in Upper Necaxa Totonac, however, reveals that while these share a number of important grammatical properties with nouns, they are clearly differentiable from nouns on a number of morphosyntactic grounds related to their semantically predicative nature.

  • Date created
    2000
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    Article (Published)
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R33B5WK3Z
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    © Walter de Gruyter
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    • Beck, D. (2000). The Syntax, Semantics, and Typology of Adjectives in Upper Necaxa Totonac. Linguistic Typology, 4(2), 213-250. doi: 10.1515/lity.2000.4.2.213