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.
|Title of host publication
|Verb Valency Changes
|Subtitle of host publication
|Theoretical and Typological Perspectives
|Albert Alvarez Gonzalez, Ia Navarro
|John Benjamins Publishing Company
|Number of pages
|Published - 2017
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- Huasteca Nahuatl
- Transitivity-changing operators
- Valency-decreasing operators
- Valency-increasing operators