Canonical switch-reference is an inflectional category of the verb, which indicates whether or not its subject is identical with the subject of some other verb. Switch-reference may be analyzed from a structural or a functional point of view. Functionally, switch-reference is a device for referential tracking. Formally, switch-reference is almost always a verbal category, similar to the familiar category of verbal concord. In most languages switch-reference marking is indicated by a verbal affix, however in some languages it may be marked by an independent morpheme. The contributions to this volume are concerned with questions of form, function, and genesis of canonical switch-reference systems.
1. Acknowledgements; 2. Introduction; 3. Switch-reference in two Quechua languages (by Cole, Peter); 4. Switch-reference in Huichol: A typological study (by Comrie, Bernard); 5. Some features of interclausal reference in Kewa (by Franklin, Karl J.); 6. Topic continuity in discourse: The functional domain of switch-reference (by Givon, T.); 7. Switch-reference, clause order, and interclausal relationships in Maricopa (by Gordon, Lynn); 8. On some origins of switch-reference marking (by Haiman, John); 9. Referential tracking in Nunggubuyu (by Heath, Jeffrey); 10. Typological and genetic notes on switch-reference systems in Noth American Indian Languages (by Jacobsen, Jr., William H.); 11. Switch-reference systems in two distinct linguistic areas: Wojokeso (Papua New Guinea) and Guanano (Northern South America) (by Longacre, Robert E.); 12. Switch-reference in Lenakel (by Lynch, John); 13. When "same" is not "not different" (by Munro, Pamela); 14. Switch-reference in the Northeast Caucasus (by Nichols, Johanna); 15. Interclausal reference in Kashaya (by Oswalt, Robert L.); 16. Switch-reference, syntactic organization, and rhetorical structure in Central Yup'ik Eskimo (by Woodbury, Anthony C.); 17. References; 18. Index of Languages