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The Izafe and NP Structure in Hawrami

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Anders Holmberg


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The paper presents an analysis of the noun phrase in Hawrami. Important evidence for the analysis comes from concord between the Izafe morpheme and other functional categories, including definiteness, number, possessive and demonstrative. The Izafe is an inflection,characteristic of the Iranian languages, which marks nouns and NPs modified by adjectives or DPs. It is argued that its role is that of breaking the symmetry between two merged categories neither of which selects the other, by making one of them the head. This property the Izafe shares with other ‘linking morphemes’, including English of. It is argued that there are two Izafe morphemes in Hawrami, one is a pure linking morpheme, the other is adeterminer.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Holmberg A, Odden D

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Durham Working Papers in Linguistics

Year: 2004

Volume: 10

Pages: 77-93

ISSN (print): 1472-4855

Publisher: School of Linguistics and Language, University of Durham