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Title:Number marking innovations in Zapotec

In Colonial Zapotec, only quantifiers were used to mark number on nominals (if it was marked at all), and all Zapotec languages still allow this normal quantifier construction. In addition, there were plural forms of the pronouns. Since that time, four types of innovations have emerged. The first three include: a plural proclitic or plural demonstrative with nominals, a verbal prefix which pluralizes the subject, and floating of the plural clitic to directly follow the verb. None of those innovations appear in the southern group of Zapotec languages. Instead, a more exotic and elaborate quantifier construction is used. The full distribution of this special number marking construction is analyzed and shown to have similar characteristics, both semantically and syntactically, to the Plural Pronoun Construction used in other languages.

Contributor (author):Black, Cheryl A.
Date (W3CDTF):2008
Description (URI):http://www.sil.org/resources/archives/7810
Extent:31 pages
Identifier (URI):http://www.sil.org/resources/archives/7810
Is Part Of:SIL Electronic Working Papers 2008-002
Language (ISO639):eng
Spatial Coverage (ISO3166):MX
Subject:Isthmus Zapotec language
Yatzachi Zapotec language
Santa María Quiegolani Zapotec language
plural; quantifier; Plural Pronoun Construction; Person; Hierarchy; Colonial Zapotec; Colonial documents; Number
Subject (ISO639):zai
Type (DCMI):Text


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Citation: Black, Cheryl A. 2008. SIL Electronic Working Papers 2008-002.
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