Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Reduplication in Siouan

I've finished, handed in, and now uploaded that essay I was working on, on reduplication in Siouan. The main conclusions were that:

* Proto-Siouan-Catawban (and Proto-Siouan-Yuchi, but not Proto-Macro-Siouan) productively formed pluractionals from verb stems by full stem reduplication. Every branch of the family exhibits reflexes of this process, although these have often been affected by semantic extensions and morphological contractions.
* Stoney "adversative" reduplication is most probably borrowed from a Salish language.


ACW said...

According to Wikipedia (yes, I know it must be treated cautiously) the connections above Siouan-Catawban (that is, to Yuchi, Iroquoian, and Caddoan) are controversial. Does your work provide extra evidence of a connection between Siouan-Catawban and Yuchi?

Lameen Souag said...

Siouan-Yuchi looks right to me, from my brief look at Yuchi (I remember "two" seems a nice cognate), and isn't particularly controversial either; however, I won't claim to have looked into it in any great depth, and pluractional reduplication is sufficiently iconic for independent origin to be a plausible explanation, all other things being equal.

There is an article on it only, if you have a subscription: http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/cgi-bin/resolve?id=doi:10.1086/465293&erFrom=4688633995808189507Guest