The Properties and Classification of Psych-Predicates in Blackfoot

  • Kyumin Kim University of Calgary
Keywords: Blackfoot, psych-predicates, unergative, instrument marker


In this paper, I present the properties of psych-predicates in Blackfoot, a topic which has not been studied in detail. I discuss how the psych-predicates show different syntactic and semantic properties depending on their morphological markings (i.e. finals). In particular, I focus on the comparison between non-psych-verb stems with AI finals with respect to their transitivity. Moreover, this paper addresses how the psych-forms can be classified, with respect to the well-known three types of psych-predicates described in the literature.