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Words within words: Examples from Yidiñ, Jarawara, and Fijian
chapterposted on 2022-06-28, 23:08 authored by Robert DixonRobert Dixon
This chapter discusses the nature of ‘phonological word’ and ‘grammatical word’ in three disparate languages (on each of which the author has done extensive fieldwork and published a comprehensive description), examining the ways in which one type of word may be included within another type. In Yidiñ, an Australian language, a grammatical word may consist of a whole number of phonological words. Jarawara-from the small Arawá family in the Amazonian jungle of Brazil-also has this feature and in addition allows a phonological word to consist of a whole number of grammatical words. Finally, the Austronesian language Fijian shows both these and also has a grammatical word consisting of one and a bit phonological words (and thus, necessarily, a phonological word consisting of one and a bit grammatical words).
EditorAikhenvald AY; Dixon RMW; White NM
Number of Pages14
PublisherOxford University Press
Place of PublicationOxford, UK
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