Passive potential affixation: syntax or lexicon?

Lipták, Anikó and Kenesei, István (2017) Passive potential affixation: syntax or lexicon? Acta Linguistica Academica, 64 (1). pp. 45-77. ISSN 2559-8201


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In this paper we will argue that contrary to the received view passive potential affixation in Hungarian primarily derives complex syntactic objects rather than adjectives. By means of a number of tests we show the differences between the two classes of items bearing the homophonous affix -ható/hető : one a nonfinite verb form, the other a lexicalized adjective. In addition to a syntactic analysis of this composite affix, a typology is provided for languages that have similar constructions.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature / nyelvészet és irodalom > P0 Philology. Linguistics / filológia, nyelvészet
Depositing User: László Sallai-Tóth
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2017 08:32
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2018 15:28

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