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Re: Salishan nounlessness

From:Dirk Elzinga <dirk.elzinga@...>
Date:Sunday, October 21, 2007, 0:47
Wow. I'm just now reading some articles on the very topic in an effort
to finish up some remaining problems in Miapimoquitch syntax (which is
designed so as not to make a formal distinction bewteen Noun and
Verb). The following articles argue that there is no distinction
between Noun and Verb in languages of the Northwest:

Boas, Franz. 1911. Kwakiutl. Handbook of American Indian languages I,
ed. by Franz Boas, 423-557. Washington, DC: Bureau of American
Ethnology, Smithsonian Institution.

Hukari, Thomas E. 1976. Person in a Coast Salish language.
International Journal of American Linguistics 42.305-18.

Jelinek, Eloise and Richard A. Demers. 1994. Predicates and Pronominal
Arguments in Straits Salish. Language 70: 697-736.

Kinkade, M. Dale. 1983. Salish evidence against the universality of
"Noun" and "Verb". Lingua 60.25-40.

Kuipers, Aert. 1968. The categories verb-noun and
transitive-intransitive in English and Squamish. Lingua 21.610-26.

Sapir, Edward. Some aspects of Nootka language and culture. American
Anthropologist 13.15-28.

For a couple of works that take the opposing view, see:

Hess, Thomas M., and Jan van Eijk. Noun and verb in Salishan. Working
Papers of the 20th International Conference on Salish and Neighboring
Languages, 97-104. Vancouver: University of British Columbia.

Jacobson, William H., Jr. 1979. Noun and verb in Nootkan. Proceedings
of the Victoria Conference on Northwestern Languages, 1976, ed. by
Barbara S. Efrat, 83-153. Victoria: British Columbia Provincial Museum
Heritage Record No. 4.

Good luck.


On 10/20/07, Eric Christopherson <rakko@...> wrote:
> I've read that some linguists consider Salishan languages to have no > nouns, but others dispute this. Does anyone know of some good reading > material on this debate? >