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

A Synchronic and Diachronic Study


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.