Borrowing contextual inflection: evidence from northern Australia

Meakins, Felicity (2011) Borrowing contextual inflection: evidence from northern Australia. Morphology, 21 1: 57-87. doi:10.1007/s11525-010-9163-4

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Author Meakins, Felicity
Title Borrowing contextual inflection: evidence from northern Australia
Journal name Morphology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1871-5621
Publication date 2011
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s11525-010-9163-4
Open Access Status
Volume 21
Issue 1
Start page 57
End page 87
Total pages 31
Place of publication The Netherlands
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract Gurindji Kriol is a north Australian mixed language which combines lexical and structural elements from Gurindji (Pama-Nyungan), and Kriol (English-lexifier). One of the more striking features of the grammar of Gurindji Kriol is the presence of the Gurindji case paradigm including ergative and dative case-markers within a Kriol verbal frame. Given the fragility of inflectional morphology in other language contact situations, particularly contextual inflections such as structural case markers, this situation bears closer scrunity. This paper argues that the presence of Gurindji case morphology is the result of pervasive code-switching practices which immediately preceded the genesis of the mixed language. As the code-switching stabilised into a mixed language, case-marking was integrated into predicate argument structure of Gurindji Kriol via nominal adjunct structures. Yet, these case markers were not absorbed unscathed. Although the Gurindji Kriol case paradigm bears a close resemblance to its Gurindji source in form, these case markers have not been perfectly replicated in function and distribution. Contact with Kriol functional equivalents such as prepositions and word order have altered the function and distribution of these case markers. The last part of this paper examines the shift that has occurred in Gurindji-derived case morphology in Gurindji Kriol. © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Keyword Borrowing
Case marker
Code-switching
Contextual inflection
Gurindji Kriol
Inflectional morphology
Mixed language
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 5 June, 2010.

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