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Towards a characterization of compounding in Maká

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Abstract

This paper explores the formation of compounds in Maká and intends to characterize these constructions in formal, semantic and typological terms. To this end, we have considered elements that constitute compounds and the resulting lexemes, as well as the relationship between constituents. We also seek to contribute to the discussion about the parameters that should be taken into account for lexemes to be considered compounds, and whether they correspond to the features found in languages from the same family or to a typological universal. In order to do so, we also compare the findings to derivational strategies, and discuss the sometimes unclear boundaries between the phenomena of composition and derivation. Keywords: Maká; Gran Chaco region; composition; derivational morphology; typology

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