Re-discovering the Quechua adjective

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This article describes the adjective class in Quechua, countering many previous accounts of the language as a linguistic type with no adjective/noun distinction. It applies a set of common crosslinguistic criteria for distinguishing adjectives to data from several dialects of Ecuadorian Highland Quechua (EHQ), analyzing examples from a natural speech audio/video corpus, speaker intuitions of grammaticality, and controlled elicitation exercises. It is concluded that by virtually any standard Quechua shows clear evidence for a distinct class of attributive noun modifiers, and that in the future Quechua should not be considered a "flexible" noun/adjective language for the purposes of crosslinguistic comparison.

Idioma originalInglés
Páginas (desde-hasta)25-63
Número de páginas39
PublicaciónLinguistic Typology
Volumen15
N.º1
DOI
EstadoPublicada - jun. 2011
Publicado de forma externa

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