The Journal of Sociophysiology
Grammaticalization of schizomythia and taboo in Mountain Fukari root class: Confirmation of a functional proximal–distal quantal continuum of ligativity in affixival clitics of womaninity and pronominal control
Ouida Willoughby Johnson

Journal of Sociophysiology 01108 : Sixth Month Plus Two 2003

abstract Traditional accounts (Wainwright 1925; Turbo 1990; Raymond 2002) assign Mountain Fukari (MF) root class triadically, dismissing within-class variation as insignificant random pragmatic proxy to strict grammar’s profundity. My own virgin approach, by contrast, will show that this within-class variation is i) significant, that is, any position invoking such sloppy notions as anomaly, marginality, archaicity, and so forth — to pin a fourth “out class” on “stray” roots (Turbo 1991a, 1991b) — is, simply put, bankrupt; ii) law-abiding, that is, not random: root class in MF spirally subpartitions triply triadically, thus, nonadically, according to affixival clitical combinatorics; iii) profoundly grammatical, which is to say, not simply pragmatic: it is not as a sort of casual picking up or notional jotting down in isolation of a particular root or two that a MF child displays such “facts of a configurational sort” (Whorf 1945) but as a causal outgrowth of a normal subprogram of natural linguistic acquisition; and iv) parasitically sociophysiological involving both cultural and natural historical ramifications such as parasitism by fungal cycling of Puccinia spp. among ants, antlions, mustard, Moanzy (stormy auk), humans and snails, thus fluidly mapping “this winding mountain trail,” as Tlaatlata calls it, via morphology of rank, root class, pronominal control, analogical (sound symbolical) gradation, polyradicality, polysyntaxis, and so on and so forth, from schizomythia and taboo to ritual and myth (this winding mountain trail).

[Imaginal Instar]