Internal Arguments in Katukina-Kanamari and Beyond (Queixalós 2022)

Cadernos de Etnolingüística
volume 10, número 1, abril/2022, e100105

Internal Arguments in Katukina-Kanamari and Beyond

Francesc Queixalós

My main point in this paper is to illustrate the way typology, as a (theoretically-informed) cross-linguistic comparison of facts, can help us unravel the grammatical make-up of a particular language / family of languages, and can — as a more ambitious offshoot — help give insights into issues of significance for our understanding of some important topics in grammar. For doing so, I take a cue from my analysis of Katukina-Kanamari's structure of complex phrases to join a persistent debate surrounding certain morphosyntactic aspects of Tupi / Tupi-Guarani languages. Between both ends, other languages — Movima, Eskimo, Tagalog — contribute toward further sharpening the specific concern addressed in the paper, internal argumenthood. The conspicuous parallelisms that can be spotted between the languages reviewed and Tupi(-Guarani) open the door for drawing some preliminary conclusions with respect to lingering uncertainties over how to account for intricate aspects of morphology in this latter family of languages.

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