S-singulatives in Ket
Eugene Helimsky (Institute of Finno-Ugrian and Uralic Studies, Hamburg University)
Journal of Language Relationship, № 14/3-4, 2016 - p.157-163
The paper focuses on an interesting aspect of synchronic and historical morphology of the Ket language and its implications for the reconstruction of Proto-Yeniseian. Based on relic evidence, it is suggested that the component -s in some Ket nominal stems should be analyzed as a desemanticized singulative marker, possibly still productive at an earlier time stage; internal and external evidence for this hypothesis is presented and discussed.
Keywords: Yeniseian languages, Ket language, fossilized morphology, singulatives