Chickasaw switch-reference revisited

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Chickasaw, an endangered Western Muskogean language spoken in south-central Oklahoma, has SOV order, active verb agreement, nominative-accusative case marking, and a pervasive switch-reference system that is used in almost every non-finite clause. Chickasaw examples have appeared in many general discussions of switch-reference and other grammatical phenomena, but this paper presents the first comprehensive description of Chickasaw switch-reference, drawing on data and analyses in earlier work as well as original field data. Important questions for Chickasaw include what counts as a subject, which subordinate clauses are not marked for switch-reference, the interaction of switch-reference with the language’s internally-headed relative clauses, and how switch-reference works in multi-clause sentences.


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