Etymological determinate particles in Erzya word derivation

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This paper discusses three groups of derivates in the Erzya Mordvinian language etymologically associated with the deictic pronoun se 'that (egocentric, distal)'. Each group of derivatives is, historically, from a different period, and therefore each one is dealt with separately. The individual groups are examined for deictic and discourse features. Examples have been taken from grammars, and there are also ones produced by native speakers. It appears that the more opaque the derivation the less deictic its use. Finally, not all of the groups are equally acceptable among native speakers, and it would appear that at least the latter two groups merit an in-depth investigation according to dialect and age group of users.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Symposium on Deictic Systems and Quantification in Languages Spoken in Europe and North and Central Asia : Collection of Papers
EditorsPirkko Suihkonen, Bernard Comrie
Number of pages9
Place of PublicationLeipzig, Germany
PublisherMax Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Publication date2003
ISBN (Print)5-93972-346-2
Publication statusPublished - 2003
MoE publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
EventInternational Symposium on Deictic Systems and Quanti­fication in Languages Spoken in Europe and North and Central Asia - Udmurt State University, Izhevsk, Russian Federation
Duration: 22 May 200125 May 2001
Conference number: LENCA I

Fields of Science

  • 6121 Languages
  • Erzya language
  • Etymology
  • determinate particles
  • word derivation
  • morphology
  • Uralic languages

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