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Natural language & AI



Justin Nuger

Building Predicates


This book provides a comprehensive analysis of the processes involved in word formation and the morphosyntax of predication that will appeal to anyone interested in formal syntactic and morphological theory. The data is drawn primarily from the Austronesian language Palauan, spoken in Micronesia and smaller communities elsewhere.  The thesis is that words in Palauan are not drawn directly from a mental lexicon, but are instead composed at least partially via operations in the syntax.  Using original data from syntactic constructions not previously explored in the language, the author entertains several competing theories of word formation and highlights the compatible and incompatible aspects of each, and he explores new corners of Palauan syntax and morphology along the way.

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