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Working paper

Modifier incorporation in Dargwa nominals

Linguistics. WP BRP. НИУ ВШЭ, 2014. No. 12/LNG/2014.
In Dargwa languages, which constitute a branch of the Northeast Caucasian language family, certain nominal attributes may be either marked with a dedicated attributive suffix or appear without it. While it is sometimes said that the short form of the modifier serves as a base for deriving the full form, I propose an alternative direction of derivation and present evidence for the idea that unmarked attributes are incorporated into the nominal head.