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The Clause-Typing System of Plains Cree
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The Clause-Typing System of Plains Cree: Indexicality, Anaphoricity, and Contrast

Clare Cook


Plains Cree, an Algonquian language of western Canada, has two entirely distinct verbal inflectional paradigms: independent and conjunct. This book provides the first systematic investigation comparing these two verb types. It argues that the independent order denotes an indexical clause type with familiar deictic properties, while the conjunct order is an anaphoric clause type whose reference is determined by rules of anaphoric dependence. On the syntactic side, indexical clauses are shown to be restricted to a subset of matrix environments, and to exclude proforms that have clause‐external a ... More

Keywords: clause‐typing, Plains Cree, Algonquian, anaphora, contrast, indexicality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199654536
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654536.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Clare Cook, author
Brandon University