The Surrey Morphology Group (1)

For the exercises below you can use this link if you want to find out more about the databases. Full understanding of their contents is not required - this often asks for quite specific linguistic knowledge - but the main goal is that you get familiar with the databases and know how to look up certain information.

Agreement
a) Find out what is meant by controller and target.
b) How many languages show agreement between noun and finite verb?


c) Name three of them.



Syncretism - all types

resultPastPres

In the picture you see four results of a certain query.
d) To what does the term 'combination' refer to?


e) Give the four syncretic combinations.
f) Except for the word class, which is verb for all four cases, what is similar about these results?

g) In which language families does syncretism exist between definite and indefinite forms?


h) Give the first three results for syncretic forms that are abl(ative) and plural/singular.

Result 1:

Language:
Family:
Combination1:
Combination2:
Word class:

Result 2:

Language:
Family:
Combination1:
Combination2:
Word class:

Result 3:

Language:
Family:
Combination1:
Combination2:
Word class:

Syncretism - person i) Give the four types of person syncretism that occur within the Austronesian language family (in alphabetic order).