Journal Article Assignment

1. Identify the language and the morphological category
2. Article Title, Author(s), journal and page numbers

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3. Does this descriptive article have an abstract? If so, follow instructions for (4a) and (4b) in Option Two. If not, write your own summary of the article (not the phenomenon).
4. Write up a short description of your phenomenon.

Make sure to identify the language you’re working with, the form(s) this morpheme takes, and the meaning it expresses.

How complex is this system: are there multiple allomorphs? Can all roots take this morpheme? Can a clear, consistent, precise meaning be defined?
Compare both this morpheme’s form and its meaning to English: Do we have morphemes that cause the same general kind of change to roots? Are we able to express the same meaning, via some non-morphological mechanism?

5. What references does (or do) the author (or authors) of the article(s) you’re using for your selected morpheme description cite, if any. What role do the citations play in the discussion (Might they be supportive, or might the author be arguing for an alternative description/account of the phenomenon?)? (

6. If this description and the account of it in the article are being used to make an argument for a claim
a. What is the claim?
b. How does the phenomenon/morpheme make the argument?

7. Judicious use of examples, using glossing conventions (see below)

8. Glossary (see instructions on Option Two.

For length and format, see the instructions for Option Two.

Examples: Present sufficient examples to support your descriptive claims; a single example is less compelling than 3-4.

Useful kinds of examples include:
• Pairs of words with and without your morpheme.
• Examples showing different allomorphs, if present.
• Sentences including a word with your morpheme, to illustrate its usage.
Make sure your examples are properly formatted (This involves acknowledging and following glossing conventions. In part, this includes an exercise in formatting. You can use either the LSA stylesheet or the Haspelmath and Sims stylesheet in the appendix to Chapter 2.
Just indicate which one it is that you’re using.

Citations: You should always give full bibliographic information for any source you cite – Follow the LSA Style Sheet:
(Glossing conventions are in (8) on p. 6. [But cited forms—examples—are discussed also in (6) and (7). Citations of sources is described in (11), beginning on p. 7 (note that the word “citation” is used both in reference to citing the works of others and in reference to providing examples: “cited forms.”), and listing “references” is described in (12).


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