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Ora Matushansky and Alec Marantz

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780262019675

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262019675.001.0001

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Variability and Allomorphy in the Morphosyntax of Catalan Past Perfective

Variability and Allomorphy in the Morphosyntax of Catalan Past Perfective

(p.1) 1 Variability and Allomorphy in the Morphosyntax of Catalan Past Perfective
Distributed Morphology Today

Isabel Oltra-Massuet

The MIT Press

This chapter develops Distributed Morphology analysis of the various past perfective forms in Catalan and this shows that the late insertion of functional material together with the syntactic structures proposed explains a surface morphosyntactic mismatch, and accounts for the partial syncretism between lexical and functional anar. The proposal of an abstract motion f-morpheme solves a long-standing debate on the exotic status of a go-past auxiliary in Catalan, which, this chapter claims, can account for all instances of anar. More generally, this chapter's analysis offers a new approach to the status of lexical roots that compete for insertion into f-morphemes that could be extended to other languages where go and similar roots have both lexical and functional uses.

Keywords:   Distributed Morphology analysis, Catalan, anar, lexical roots, f-morphemes

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