My doctoral dissertation is focused on the second-position clitic string in ʔayʔaǰuθəm (Comox-Sliammon, a Central Salish langauge). ʔayʔaǰuθəm is the shared ancestral language of four sister nations: the Tla’amin, Homalco, Klahoose, and K’ómoks First Nations. ʔayʔaǰuθəm, like many languages of the Salish language family, has a rich system of second-position clitics, encoding a range of functions including subject agreement, force, modality, evidentiality, and discourse management. My doctoral work concerns the semantic contribution of individual clitics and the interaction of syntax, prosody, and morphology that leads to this semantically diverse set of morphemes occurring linearly second in the clause.
In addition to my dissertation, I am working with the four sister nations to create an e-dictionary of ʔayʔaǰuθəm, through a SSHRC Insight grant awarded to Henry Davis. A preliminary release of this collaborative project can be found here.
Semantics, syntax, morphology