Speaker: Matthew Baerman (University of Surrey)
Title: Less is more in ǂHoan possessed nouns
Abstract: Most plural nouns in ǂHoan (Kxa, Botswana; Collins 2001) take the plural suffix -qà.
A subset of these, when possessed, additionally take a prefix kı́-.
ǂ’àmkȍe kı́-ǃkôa-qà ‘the person’s houses’
But when the possessor is also plural, the plural suffix is usually deleted:
c̆òõ-!ka’e kı́-ǃkôa ‘the people’s houses’
Why should the addition of semantic plurality lead to the deletion of morphological plurality? I argue against Collins’ (2001) analysis, and suggest it results from a pragmatic implicature stemming from the function of pluractionality in noun inflection. Seri (isolate, Mexico) and Nisgha (Tsimshian, Canada) examples flesh out the picture.