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|Title:||From prefixes to suffixes: Typological change in Northern Australia|
|Citation:||Diachronica, 2006; 23(2):289-311|
|Publisher:||John Benjamins Publishing Co.|
|Harvey, Mark; Green, Ian; Nordlinger, Rachel|
|Abstract:||This article provides a counterexample to the commonly held, if unexamined, proposition that morphemes reconstructed as affixes do not change their position with respect to the root. We do not expect to find that a proto-prefix has suffix reflexes, nor that a proto-suffix has prefix reflexes. In this paper we show, through detailed reconstruction, that paradigms of class/case suffixes in a number of Northern Australian languages derive historically from a paradigm of proto-prefixes, through the encliticization and reduction of prefixed demonstratives to nominals. This process has only left a few traces of the demonstrative stems in the synchronic forms.|
|Keywords:||Australian languages; diachronic morphology; Mirndi languages; nominal suffixes; prefixes; reconstruction|
|Description:||© Copyright 2006 John Benjamins.|
|Appears in Collections:||Adelaide Graduate Centre publications|
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