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By William D. Davies

The Choctaw language, indigenous to the southeastern usa, now with its maximum concentrations ofspeakers in Missis sippi, Oklahoma, and l. a., has commonly escaped the scrutinyoftheoreticallinguistics.ItisnotthatChoctaw isanintrin sicallyuninterestinglanguage- aquickglanceataclausewithfive contract controllers and a mismatch among the caseofafree standingnominaland its contract affix should still dispelthat idea. fairly it's, i feel, the query of what we will be able to study from a languageinwhichNPsdon'tmovearound,"WHs"don'tfront, and gaps easily come up from pronominalization. My wish is that the presentvolume, takentogetherwithagrowingliteraturespurredon by way of the workofPamMunro and her scholars atUCLA, will carry Choctawintothelightofdayand into the circleoflanguagescon sidered whilst developing theories that outline "possible human language." Thepresentstudy, arevisionofmy 1981dissertation(University ofCalifornia, SanDiego), focusesfirstandforemostontheChoctaw agreementsystem, takingthisasthekeytothestructureofChoctaw syntax. The quick target, then, is to supply a unified account ofthestructures and ideas underlyingtheagreement system.Along the best way a rangeofgrammatical phenomena is tested, taken as facts for specific structural configurations, and included into awell-integratedaccountofmorphologicaland syntacticfacts. The resultsbearon anumber ofcurrent matters, includingthe Un accusative speculation, the life of demotions, the character of antipassive, disjunctive rule program, universals of causative buildings, and others.For those purposes Choctawdeserves the scrutinyoftheoreticians. the information forming the corpus for research characterize numerous Oklahoma Choctaw.They have been gathered from a nativespeaker in San Diego among 1978 and 1982 and from a variety of audio system in Oklahoma in the course of prolonged visits to damaged Bow in 1980. I lX PREFACE x wishtothankthespeakerswhohelpedmebysharingtheirlanguage andencouragingmystudies.MyworkonChoctawwassupportedin partbyfundsfrom theNationalScienceFoundation(throughgrant numberBNS78-17498totheUniversityofCalifornia, SanDiego), theAmericanPhilosophicalSociety(throughaPhillipsFundgrant), andtheDepartmentofLinguisticsatUCSD.

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