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Functional HeadsThe Cartography of Syntactic Structures, Volume 7$
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Laura Brugé, Anna Cardinaletti, Giuliana Giusti, Nicola Munaro, and Cecilia Poletto

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199746736

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746736.001.0001

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The Order of Verbal Affixes and Functional Structure in Imbabura Quichua *

The Order of Verbal Affixes and Functional Structure in Imbabura Quichua *

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(p.288) The Order of Verbal Affixes and Functional Structure in Imbabura Quichua*
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Functional Heads
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Peter Cole

Gabriella Hermon

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746736.003.0023

This chapter provides a case study on the cartography of an exotic language and addresses the question of the functional articulation of clause structure based on the analysis of some functional morphemes of Imbabura Quichua. It shows that a semantic approach to the ordering of FPs cannot be adopted. As in other languages, cases of free ordering can be explained by hypothesizing that a certain morpheme realizes heads located at different heights in the syntactic tree. Facts that are problematic for Cinque’s hierarchy, such as transitivity failures or “ordering paradoxes,” can accordingly be explained in terms of “local” relationships among adjacent heads rather than a single “global” mapping of functional categories.

Keywords:   exotic language, cartography, functional articulation, clause, morphemes

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