Proceedings of FDSL 10.5, Brno 2014
The Underlying Representation of the Russian Suffix -ɨva
Abstract In this paper, I show that the Russian secondary imperfective suffix -ɨva is a realization of the other imperfectivizing suffix -(v)a in a specific morphological context. I base this analysis on both the ɔ/a alternation involved in -ɨva type verbs and the morphological deletion of the -(v)a suffix before -ɨva. First, I show that the ɔ/a alternation involved by -ɨva is a non-local phenomenon because it applies over a phase head. Secondly, I argue that -(v)a is not morphologically but phonologically deleted by -ɨva. Finally, I argue that the presence of an underlying -(v)a suffix in verbs ending with -ɨva solves the locality issue of the ɔ/a alternation: -ɨva deletes the -(v)a suffix, which in turn triggers a mutation of the root. This analysis also reveals a complementary distribution between -(v)a and -ɨva: -ɨva always occurs after -(v)a, whereas -(v)a never occurs after another -(v)a. I argue that -ɨva is represented underlyingly by two successive imperfectivizing suffixes -(v)a + -(v)a.
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