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Re: Agglutinativity Index

From:Jim Henry <jimhenry1973@...>
Date:Sunday, December 11, 2005, 2:05
On 12/10/05, Aidan Grey <taalenmaple@...> wrote:
> I didn't see this adressed, but I could be mistaken. I understand the > synthesis index. How do I determine an agglutinativity or fusion index?
Count the number of junctures between morphemes. Count the number of junctures that are agglutinative rather than fusional. Divide the number of agglutinative junctures by the total number of junctures to get the index of agglutinativity; or, I suppose, the number of fusional junctures by the total to get the index of fusion. How exactly one counts the fusional junctures, I'm not quite sure. I think you look at whether one or both morphemes on either side of the juncture has variant forms and if so, it's fusional. That would include both stem or affix altering because of sandhi, and stem or affix simply having multiple allophones, I think. -- Jim Henry