Potawatomi Grammar

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The content of this page was developed from the research of Dr. Laura Buszard-Welcher.

Brief overview

Potawatomi is a polysynthetic language with complex derivational and inflectional morphology. Verbs have shared inflections with nouns, and there is an inverse system in transitive verbs involving all persons. Word order is flexible, with the position of nominal constituents largely determined by discourse factors. With respect to the phonology, there is a fortis/lenis contrast in plosives and affricates, regular assignment of primary and secondary stress, and a process of syncope that results in different surface forms of stems and affixes.

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