Chapter 6. Morphological valence-changing processes in Juchitán Zapotec

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This study provides a detailed analysis of morphological valence-changing processes in Juchit&#225;n Zapotec (Otomanguean). In so doing, this paper seeks to make two contributions: to reinforce the relevance of identifying reflexes of the causative morpheme <i>&#42;o-</i> as causative morphemes and not as segments of an allomorph of the habitual aspect, as proposed in Marlett &#38; Pickett (1987) <i>inter alia</i>; and second, to reiterate the relevance of the single-geminate distinction in Zapotec languages. Extensive data sets and detailed synchronic analysis show that isolating causative morphemes, including &#60;-u-&#62;, provides a straightforward analysis of causative derivation that is independent of the system of inflectional morphemes and is consistent with historic reconstructions proposed for Zapotec languages.


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