Preposition(s) in Salinan

The Salinan language has several unusual traits. This paper looks at one of them: a single productive adposition. Single adposition languages are usually creoles, but Salinan is not a creole. After showing the extreme polysemy of the single productive Salinan preposition, historical data is given that shows that Salinan has had a single preposition for a long time. The conclusion is that the Salinan preposition and its allomorphs are semantically empty, and adposition in Salinan is purely a syntactic category. Its meaning must be largely implied from context.

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