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Deriving affix ordering in polysynthesis: evidence from Adyghe



This article deals with the order of verbal suffixes in Adyghe, a polysynthetic language of the Caucasus. Traditionally the structure of the Adyghe word form and the order of its affixes were described in terms of template morphology. However, we present new data demanding another, substantially different approach. We demonstrate that for the most part suffix ordering within the Adyghe verb follows strictly compositional rules. This feature is a manifestation of the polysynthetic nature of the language.


Polysynthesis Caucasian languages Adyghe Suffix order Scope Compositionality 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Russian State University for the Humanities and ABBYY ProductionMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Institute of Oriental Studies, RASMoscowRussia

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