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The Morphosyntax of Detransitive Suffixes «--» and «-n-» in Gothic

A Synchronic and Diachronic Study

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Seiichi Suzuki

This book investigates the interaction of the morphology and syntax of some deverbal suffixes in Gothic in synchronic and diachronic perspectives. The suffixes under examination include: the past participle forming suffixes -pa-/-na-, the fourth class weak verb forming suffixes -nõ-/-na-, and action/state noun forming suffixes -pi-/-ni-. Demonstrating 'detransitivization' to be a primary function underlying these suffixes, the book presents a principled explanation for the systematic interrelationship among the suffixes in formal and functional dimensions.