Auxiliary Initial Alternation in Tohono O'odham: A Syntactic Analysis of a Focus Driven Phenonmenon

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Title:
Auxiliary Initial Alternation in Tohono O'odham: A Syntactic Analysis of a Focus Driven Phenonmenon
Author:
Bare, Katherine Pearl
Issue Date:
2015
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
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Abstract:
Tohono O'odham is one of many non-configurational languages that do not seem to fit nicely into the generally accepted pattern of Chomskyan Generative Syntax. O'odham has an extremely free word order that makes it difficult to analyze as hierarchical or syntax driven. However, this paper analyzes Tohono O'odham as a Pronominal Argument language that actually has rigid order among its arguments and proposes that these arguments behave according to accepted syntactic principles. Specifically, the verb second/ verb initial alternation in O'odham reveals deeper syntactic relationships within the sentence. Usually, the auxiliary verb of O'odham must be the second constituent in any sentence, but there are exceptions where it may come in the initial position. These exceptions involve a class of verbal particles that interact with the auxiliary and the main verb. This paper will go on to describe the CP, TP, and VP structure of O'odham and how the auxiliary, verbal particles, main verb, and the Focus function combine to create the verb initial construction.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Degree Name:
B.A.
Degree Level:
bachelors
Degree Program:
Honors College; Linguistics
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Carnie, Andrew

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dc.titleAuxiliary Initial Alternation in Tohono O'odham: A Syntactic Analysis of a Focus Driven Phenonmenonen_US
dc.creatorBare, Katherine Pearlen
dc.contributor.authorBare, Katherine Pearlen
dc.date.issued2015en
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en
dc.description.abstractTohono O'odham is one of many non-configurational languages that do not seem to fit nicely into the generally accepted pattern of Chomskyan Generative Syntax. O'odham has an extremely free word order that makes it difficult to analyze as hierarchical or syntax driven. However, this paper analyzes Tohono O'odham as a Pronominal Argument language that actually has rigid order among its arguments and proposes that these arguments behave according to accepted syntactic principles. Specifically, the verb second/ verb initial alternation in O'odham reveals deeper syntactic relationships within the sentence. Usually, the auxiliary verb of O'odham must be the second constituent in any sentence, but there are exceptions where it may come in the initial position. These exceptions involve a class of verbal particles that interact with the auxiliary and the main verb. This paper will go on to describe the CP, TP, and VP structure of O'odham and how the auxiliary, verbal particles, main verb, and the Focus function combine to create the verb initial construction.en
dc.typetexten
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen
thesis.degree.nameB.A.en
thesis.degree.levelbachelorsen
thesis.degree.disciplineHonors Collegeen
thesis.degree.disciplineLinguisticsen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen
dc.contributor.advisorCarnie, Andrewen
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