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Supplétion et récurrence des thèmes pronominaux nostratiques

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In this paper, it is shown that most of the language families claimed to derive from a common Nostratic protolanguage exhibit complex pronominal systems characterized by intricate patterns of recurrence and suppletion in the personal, demonstrative and possibly interrogative pronominal stems. The analysis proposed here, employing the strict principles of the comparative method, shows that these patterns are probably not due to coincidence but rather represent a new argument in favor of the Nostratic hypothesis.

Keywords: Nostratic; comparative linguistics and reconstruction; morphology; pronouns; suppletion

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: University of California, Los Angeles

Publication date: 2003-01-01

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