stampe at HAWAII.EDU
Mon Oct 30 22:08:59 UTC 1995
David_Tuggy at SIL.ORG asks
Do any of you funknetters know of a case of a root or stem which
consists of a process morpheme? ... consisting of say a tone
pattern or (more likely) tone shift, an umlaut or ablaut, a
reduplication, palatalization, etc.
If a morphological process normally operates on a base to produce a
derivative or inflection, since a root or stem is such a base, what
could it operate on?
An example of a zero root can be found in the description of the verb
come/go in H. S. Biligiri's _Kharia_ (Poona: Deccan College, c. 1965),
which under certain conditions is realized as nothing but a sequence
of bound inflectional prefixes and suffixes with no root between them.
The conditions are not synchronically or diachronically phonological.
Rather a sort of ellipsis seems to be involved. (Kharia is a South
Munda language spoken in Bihar and Orissa provinces of India.)
David <stampe at hawaii.edu>
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