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Volume 7, Issue 1 (2013) Pp. 1–13

The Emergence of Determiner Clisis in Upriver Halkomelem
by Jason Brown, University of Auckland & James J. Thompson, Vancouver, BC

Upriver Halkomelem (Coast Salish) exhibits a process of cliticizing determiners onto the previous element in connected speech, resulting in a prosody/syntax mismatch. This study, utilizing two recorded narrative texts by two speakers of Upriver Halkomelem, investigates the motivation for this process. Syntactic and phonological analyses are entertained, and rejected in light of further data which illustrates that there is a wider context that involves cliticization.

Keywords: clitics, determiners, connected speech, narrative, prosody

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