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Subordinate clauses in Kashaya Pomo
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics.
2010 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The present study analyzes subordinate clauses in Kashaya (Pomoan; Northern California). Subordinateclauses have not received any substantial attention in the literature on Kashaya, and the aim of the study istherefore to provide a general description of the morphosyntactic characteristics of some of the mostimportant subordinate clause types. Data was mainly taken from two sources: a collection of transcribedtexts (Oswalt 1964) and the manuscript of an unfinished dictionary (Oswalt, no date), from whichsentences that appeared to consist of combinations of two or more clauses were extracted. In order todetermine whether the constructions found in these sentences involved subordination, they wereexamined in accordance with the parameters proposed in Lehmann (1988). These parameters includerestrictions on word order, reduction of the grammatical categories expressed on the subordinate verb andthe presence of nominal morphology (e.g. case marking) on the subordinate verb. This investigationresulted in the identification of a number of subordinate clause types, of which seven are presented in thestudy: three complement clause constructions, one relative clause construction and three adverbialconstructions. Subordinate clauses are characterized by strictly verb-final word order and partialmorphological reduction. The study also provides a more thorough analysis of relativization strategiesand of the clausal nominalizations involved in several of the constructions that are examined.

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Humanities General Language Studies and Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-64493OAI: diva2:457704
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2011-11-25 Created: 2011-11-18 Last updated: 2014-06-02Bibliographically approved

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