A paradigm shift

It’s time for a change. My original plan for this linguistics experiment was to use sentences about animals, because animal nouns have no inherent gender, but in practice we assign animals genders all the time, like in “that squirrel lucked out, he almost got eaten by that dog” (a quote from actual, unprompted speech… thanks Jack). […]

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.  […]