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Title:Lowest theme vowels or highest roots? : an ‘unaccusative’ theme-vowel class in Slovenian
Authors:Simonović, Marko (Author)
Mišmaš, Petra (Author)
Files:URL https://www.glossa-journal.org/article/id/5809/
 
Language:English
Work type:Unknown ()
Tipology:1.01 - Original Scientific Article
Organization:UNG - University of Nova Gorica
Abstract:This paper focuses on the e/i theme vowel class of verbs in Slovenian to bring together two seemingly unrelated debates: (i) the debate on the correlation between theme-vowel classes and certain argument structures and (ii) the debate on the status of derivational affixes within the framework of Distributed Morphology. Our core data come from a list of 108 unaccusative verbs obtained using adjectival active l-participles as an unaccusativity diagnostic. We show that (i)  no unaccusative verbs belong to the two largest theme-vowel classes in Slovenian (a/a and i/i), whereas (ii) the two big theme vowel classes tend to get accusative arguments quite frequently. Most importantly, (iii) the e/i class stands out since more than one half of the unaccusative sample falls into it. The e/i class is furthermore exceptional in that its theme vowel surfaces in adjectival l-participles, it is the theme-vowel class to which inchoatives in inchoative-causative pairs belong and it behaves uniformly with respect to stress. Based on this behavior, which sets the e/i-class apart from other theme-vowel classes, we argue that the morpheme e/i is better analyzed as a derivational affix. We further argue, following Lowenstamm (2014), that derivational affixes are transitive roots rather than categorizers and propose detailed PF and LF instructions for the root under consideration.
Keywords:theme vowels, derivational roots, unaccusatives, l-participles, Slovenian
Year of publishing:2022
Number of pages:str. 1–31
Numbering:iss. 1, Vol. 7
COBISS_ID:98070787 Link is opened in a new window
UDC:81
ISSN on article:2397-1835
URN:URN:SI:UNG:REP:H5NA4YGN
DOI:10.16995/glossa.5809 Link is opened in a new window
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Title:Glossa
Publisher:Ubiquity Press
ISSN:2397-1835
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