Michif mixed verbs: Typologically unusual word internal mixing

Maria Mazzoli, Peter Bakker, Verna de Montigny

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    In this paper, we illustrate the different Michif constructions that permit word-internal mixing in the verbal domain, and which morphological slots in the Michif verb template allow insertion of non-Algonquian material (mainly French). We assess whether stem internal mixing has added in any way to the non-lexical Michif verb morphology, and whether the stem-internal mixing attested in Michif differs in some way from similar phenomena in other mixed languages or comparable borrowing situations. The data come from the Michif dictionary by Laverdure and Allard (1983) and, when the source is not specified, from Mazzoli’s fieldwork corpus (collected in collaboration especially with Verna DeMontigny).
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationNew Perspectives on Mixed Languages: From Core to Fringe
    EditorsMaria Mazzoli, Eeva Sippola
    PublisherMouton de Gruyter
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5015-1114-1
    ISBN (Print)978-1-5015-1726-6 , 978-1-5015-1125-7
    Publication statusPublished - 15-Aug-2021


    • mixed language; polysynthetic verb; French borrowing; Michif

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