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Title: Arguments and clausal relations in Pima Bajo
Authors: Estrada-Fernández, Zarina
Keywords: Uto-Aztecan Languages
American Indigenous Languages (Northern)
Pima Bajo
Issue Date: 1991
Publisher: University of Arizona
Abstract: This dissertation is a ~tudy of Arguments and Clausal Relations of Pima Bajo within the framework of Categorial Unification Grammar. The main purpose of the 10 research is to explore the structure building mechanisms which account for the major syntactic categories. After reviewing the categorial unification premises, I consider published analyses of O'odham relevant to the problems that the present study addresses. The theoretical framework explored assumes the existence of three major categories: the Argument Categorizing Element, the propositional Radical, and the Proposition. Those major categories are taken to be feature-value complexes which combine via unification with different type of pronominal forms. Within this view, I examine also the notion of the arguments a predicate subcategorizes for. Arguments are taken to be a set of person and number value. It is shown that the notion of arguments as feature-values and the application of a categorial unification grammar accounts for the structure of simple sentences as well as for complex constructions. A formal property of the theory is that only one non-directional rule of combination is used: functional application. The final part of the dissertation discusses a phonological algebra which accounts for the linearization of elements. Linear order is taken to be syntactically irrelevant.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11707/3814
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