Two restrictions on pronominal clitics in San Juan Piñas Mixtec (Tò'ōn Ndā'ví)
Michelle Yuan
September 2023

San Juan Piñas Mixtec (Tò'ōn Ndā'ví) is an underdocumented Mixtec variety spoken primarily in San Juan Piñas, Santiago Juxtlahuaca, Oaxaca. This paper reports on ongoing research from a collaborative project documenting, analyzing, and developing resources for SJPM. I investigate two restrictions on the pronominal clitics of SJPM and show that they have distinct grammatical sources. The first restriction is a ban on 1st/2nd person object clitics in the presence of a subject (of any person, clitic or full DP)—an extension of the strong Person Case Constraint (PCC) (see also Sichel and Toosarvandani to appear). I show that contemporary syntactic accounts of the PCC (e.g. Deal to appear) may be straightforwardly extended to SJPM. The second restriction is a ban on certain 3rd person object clitics, which I argue is morphophonological: it only targets vocalic clitics, is sensitive to morphological overtness, and may be triggered by prosodic requirements of nearby subjects.
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Reference: lingbuzz/007553
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Published in: to appear in Proceedings of WSCLA 26
keywords: pronouns, clitics, pcc, person case constraint, mixtec, morphology, syntax
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