Les médianes classificatoires en innu: analyse morphosyntaxique et sémantique
Author: Vaughan, Nicholas
Publisher: Mémoire de Maîtrise, Université du Québec à Montréal
Publication date: 2010
Number of pages: 73
Format / Quality: pdf
Size: 1,2 MB
This study examines the ranking of arguments of Innu verbs that determines which arguments get marked in the verb’s inflection and which argument becomes incorporated in the medial position. The corpus consists of 1,275 Innu verbs, each of which contains at least one of five medials identified as “classifier medials.” Following the work of Drapeau (2008), which deals with generic (i.e. non-classifier) medials, each semantic argument is ascribed a semantic (or “thematic”) raie according to its position in the lexical decomposition of the verb. The aim of the study is to verify Drapeau’s (2008) conclusions to the effect that, on the one hand, the ranking of arguments results from an interaction between the Semantic Role Hierarchy, the Animacy Hierarchy, and the Possessor Constraint and that, on the other hand, the argument to which the medial refers is always the lowest ranking argument. The results show that the ranking system proposed by Drapeau accounts for the data involving classifier medials.