Clause Chaining, Switch Reference and Coordination

Rafael Nonato, 2014

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In this thesis I ponder over a constellation of phenomena that revolve around switch reference and coordination, drawing mainly on their instantiation in Kisedje (Je, Brazil). I start by investigating Kisedje's case system. In this language there is a case split along the finite/non-finite axis. I argue that nominative is assigned by INFL, whereas ergative is assigned to the subject of INFL-less clauses. Importantly, the particles I take to instantiate INFL in Kisedje don't have tense semantics, but rather modal semantics.