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Complex Predicates: The Syntax-Morphology Interface by Leila Lomashvili

By Leila Lomashvili

Advanced predicates current diversified degrees of complexity on the syntactic and morphological degrees crosslinguistically. the focal point of this publication is a subset of those buildings (causative and applicative) in 3 polysynthetic languages of the South Caucasian language family members, during which the sensible morphology linked to the argument constitution of those structures is strangely wealthy. as a result of such concentration, the syntax-morphology interface in causative and applicative buildings is topic to scrutiny in major chapters of the booklet. The research contains the argument constitution of causatives and applicatives in addition to the morpho-phonological instantiation of the sensible heads inquisitive about those structures. The e-book is written very essentially and is on the market for a large viewers together with undergraduate scholars within the introductory syntax and morphology classes in addition to graduate scholars in uncomplicated syntax classes and seminars in linguistics. It certainly appeals to a basic linguistic viewers attracted to theoretical linguistics.

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We will be referring to such events as mono-eventive further in this work because it does not combine two independent events. Chapter 2. The morphosyntax of causative alternations  TP AspP Asp0 gamo-, etc. VoiceP DPNOM/ERG causer tamar-ma Voice′ vPCAUS √P DPACC theme p’uri‘bread’ T0 -o, -a, -s (φ-features) √cx ‘bake’ Voice0 Ø- v0 CAUSE a-/Ø- In this tree, a full specification of the functional heads merging in the derivation of lexical causative is given. This derivation involves not only the causative head, which is of primary concern in this work, but also the Voice, which introduces the external argument.

Summing up this section, the following points should be taken into account when analyzing the morphosyntax of causatives and applicatives: The structure of 10. e. the referential arguments.  Complex Predicates the verbal template in Georgian may include a maximum of 10–12 morphemes, which are asymmetrically linearized in the pre- and post-base positions: no more than three morphemes can occur in the pre-base position, while the number of morphemes in the post-base position is highly variable reaching a maximum of 6–8 morphemes.

Participant] or [+PSE10])) are realized in the mentioned positions. A separate post-base position of person agreement morphemes also allows the spellout of the person features of 3rd person arguments. The morphemes realizing these arguments are usually fused with the series markers. A similar constraint is operative with respect to argument structure-marking morphemes such as causative, applicative, voice, etc. illustrated with the following scheme: (38) …. 3 Causative, Voice, Applicative, etc.

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