Citation
Approaches to Wakhi Subject-Oriented Past Tense Clitics

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Title:
Approaches to Wakhi Subject-Oriented Past Tense Clitics
Creator:
Hughes, Todd R
Place of Publication:
[Gainesville, Fla.]
Florida
Publisher:
University of Florida
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Language:
english
Physical Description:
1 online resource (2 p.)

Thesis/Dissertation Information

Degree:
Doctorate ( Ph.D.)
Degree Grantor:
University of Florida
Degree Disciplines:
Linguistics
Committee Chair:
HENDERSON,BRENT MYKEL
Committee Co-Chair:
MCLAUGHLIN,FIONA
Committee Members:
ESSEGBEY,JAMES
SHIH,CHUAN-KANG
Graduation Date:
12/19/2014

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
Language ( jstor )
Linguistics ( jstor )
Morphemes ( jstor )
Narratives ( jstor )
Nouns ( jstor )
Paradigms ( jstor )
Past tense ( jstor )
Pronouns ( jstor )
Syntax ( jstor )
Verbs ( jstor )
Linguistics -- Dissertations, Academic -- UF
agreement -- clitic -- iranian -- linguistics -- pamir -- tajikistan -- wakhan -- wakhi
Genre:
bibliography ( marcgt )
theses ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent) ( marcgt )
born-digital ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
Linguistics thesis, Ph.D.

Notes

Abstract:
Wakhi past tense agreement clitics are classified as second position, or Wackernagel, clitics, similar to those in Pashto, Tagalog and Ancient Greek. Various approaches in the literature analyze these clitics through phonological, syntactic or hybrid perspectives. In some proposals the clitics are treated as arguments of the verb, while in others as agreement clitics affixed to the verb as well as non-verbal constituents. In this study, Wakhi clitics are analyzed as subject agreement morphemes, rather than phonologically deficient pronominal arguments. Suggesting that the clitic and DP are related to each other in an agreement chain, the claim is made that v is the locus of phi-features in the clause. The proposal then suggests that Wakhi pronominal clitics are a reflection of unvalued phi-features and an unvalued contrast feature ([-c]), both part of the head of a projection FocusP. Each of these features (or feature bundles), probe separately. The contrast feature, as a strong feature, prompts movement of the valuing DP (whether subject or object) to its specifier position (i.e. spec,FocP). This movement, following feature valuing, produces the proper structure for overt subject-oriented agreement morphemes (clitics) to be hosted by various constituents. Additionally, statistical analysis of the results of a field questionnaire administered in a Wakhi village in the mountains of Tajikistan indicate certain semantic effects when clitics suffix to non-verbal constituents. The data demonstrate a statistically significant difference between the use of clitics for semantic effect in the lower Wakhan variety and their use in the upper Wakhan variety. ( en )
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In the series University of Florida Digital Collections.
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Includes vita.
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Includes bibliographical references.
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Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page.
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This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The University of Florida Libraries, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Thesis:
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Florida, 2014.
Local:
Adviser: HENDERSON,BRENT MYKEL.
Local:
Co-adviser: MCLAUGHLIN,FIONA.
Statement of Responsibility:
by Todd R Hughes.

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UFRGP
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Applicable rights reserved.
Classification:
LD1780 2014 ( lcc )

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