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Completed research project

Title / Titel Islands in an ocean of (poly)synthesis and concatenative morphology. What linguistic theory and typology can learn from selected Amerindian languages
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Summary / Zusammenfassung The project aims at elucidating why the languages of the New World are less homogeneous in terms of their word typology and marking locus than the assumed recent arrival of inhabitants to the continent might lead to expect. Based on both published material and data gathered from fieldwork, selected case studies and theoretical work on issues raised by polysynthesis and the word/clitic/affix distinctions will contribute to our understanding of the intriguing exceptions observed in a continent of almost 1000 languages spoken at present.
Project leadership and contacts /
Projektleitung und Kontakte
Prof. Dr. Fernando Zúñiga (Project Leader)
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Funding source(s) /
Unterstützt durch
SNF (Personen- und Projektförderung)
Duration of Project / Projektdauer Feb 2012 to Jan 2016