Conclusion: Describing Koasati’s Semantic Alignment System Part 2

Continued from Part I, where I give an overview of the different types of agreement and their uses. Type I and Type II Although most active verbs take Type I agreement stative verbs take Type II agreement, this is clearly not the factor which determines which verbs take which agreement.  As I have shown in […]

Conclusion: Describing Koasati’s Semantic Alignment System Part 1

In my last blog post describing my time in Louisiana, I tentatively posited that Koasati’s semantic alignment system was based on control based on immediate impressions from my fieldwork.  After more careful and rigorous examination of the data that I gathered, I can more confidently state that my first impression seems to have been correct.  […]

Fieldwork in Louisiana: Part 2

After the first few elicitation sessions, it seemed to me that Koasati’s semantic alignment system was, as Kimball described, based on control/volition, but the distinction is very subtle.  A lot of verbs can take more than one set of affixes, and when asked to explain the difference between them, most speakers that I worked with […]