"Small" talk: the form and function of the diminutive suffix in northern east Cree

Cunningham, Amanda Leigh (2008) "Small" talk: the form and function of the diminutive suffix in northern east Cree. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

Diminutivization is a morphological process that is commonly attested among the world's languages. Though it has been studied in numerous languages belonging to a variety of language families, there has been a limited amount of research conducted on the diminutive in Algonquian. This thesis examines the diminutive suffix in Northern East Cree (NEC), a subdialect of Cree-Montagnais-Naskapi which is a Central Algonquian language spoken in Quebec. Comparisons, where possible, are made with other Algonquian dialects for which there is diminutive data. -- The phonological, semantic, and morphosyntactic properties of the particle, nominal, and verbal diminutive in NEC are described. There is a particular focus on the verbal diminutive, the investigation of which analyzes its distribution by identifying what elements of the sentence (subject, object, and/or verb) it modifies within each of the four Algonquian verb classes. The extent to which the Algonquian diminutive behaves like inflectional morphology is also discussed.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/9292
Item ID: 9292
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (leaves 156-166)
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Linguistics
Date: 2008
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Cree language--Diminutives

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