Transitivity and valency-changing operations in Huasteca Nahuatl

Manuel Peregrina Llanes, Albert Álvarez González, Zarina Estrada-Fernández

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This paper focuses on valency-changing operations in Huasteca Nahuatl. Regarding valency-increasing operations, it is shown that the suffix -lti/-ti/-tia is used for causativization of intransitive verbs, and that applicativization is marked by the suffix -lia/-li/-l. Regarding valency-decreasing operations, the prefix mo-shows a wide range of functions, covering reflexive, reciprocal, middle, impersonal and passive meanings. This paper also demonstrates that valency-changing operators in Huasteca Nahuatl can be used without changing the valency of the base verb, thus indicating that these markers are in fact transitivity-changing operators, not always valency-changing operators. The processes of autocausativ-ization, antipassivization and noun incorporation in Huasteca Nahuatl are also addressed, particularly their effects on transitivity and valency.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVerb Valency Changes
Subtitle of host publicationTheoretical and Typological Perspectives
EditorsAlbert Alvarez Gonzalez, Ia Navarro
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9789027207012
StatePublished - 2017

Publication series

NamePrototypical Transitivity
ISSN (Print)0167-7373

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  • Huasteca Nahuatl
  • Transitivity-changing operators
  • Valency-decreasing operators
  • Valency-increasing operators


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