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The Morphosyntax of TransitionsA Case Study in Latin and Other Languages$
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Víctor Acedo-Matellán

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198733287

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198733287.001.0001

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Weak satellite-framed languages

Weak satellite-framed languages

(p.159) 5 Weak satellite-framed languages
The Morphosyntax of Transitions

Víctor Acedo-Matellán

Oxford University Press

Latin is set in relation to other satellite-framed languages with respect to the type of satellite-framed constructions it allows. In particular, Latin does not feature satellite-framed constructions based on adjectival predicates, i.e. complex adjectival resultative constructions. Satellite-framed Slavic is shown as behaving similarly. Furthermore, neither Latin nor Slavic allows PP resultative constructions either, if they are not headed by a prefixed verb. The generalization is formulated that complex resultative constructions are always prefixed in these languages, called weak satellite-framed, as opposed to strong satellite-framed languages like English. In the former, the result part of a complex event must form a word with the verb. This univerbation requirement is incompatible, in Latin and Slavic, with the overt agreement marking of adjectives, which makes them constitute a spell-out cycle independent from that headed by v. Throughout, telicity is shown to be an important tool in determining the resultative character of a predicate.

Keywords:   Prefix, Latin, Slavic, weak satellite-framed language, strong satellite-framed language, adjectival resultative construction, agreement marking, PP resultative constructions, spell-out cycle, telicity

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