Cofán comes in all shapes and sizes
Maksymilian Dąbkowski
May 2017

The paper consists of two parts. The first part focuses on A'ingae (Cofán) shape morphology, an unusual amalgam of classifier-like semantics and nominalizing syntax. An exegesis of previous literature is presented (specifically, Fisher and Hengeveld (forthcoming) and Borman (1976)), disagreements between the two accounts exposed, and a reconciliation attempted. The addition of a new shape morpheme -fo'cho is proposed. The second part presents data suggesting that those very same morphemes can be used in a more clitic-like way, akin to the agent nominalizer ='su. The similarities and differences between shape clitics and ='su are discussed. It is concluded that the clitic must match the shape of the subordinate clause's head and that the head must be an argument with a sufficient number of agent-like properties.
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keywords: dabkowski, a'ingae, cofán, cofan, kofán, kofan, kofane, ecuador, colombia, isolate, classifier, shape, size, form, suffix, clitic, agent, agency, subordinate, clause, nominalization, headless, internal, internally, headed, noun, dp, np, head, argument, dimension, semantics, morphology, syntax
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